Midnight Pub

Corp confession

~caffo

I hate to fire people. I have to do it from time to time, and I always feel shitty after it.

Can I have a ginger ale?


nsilvestri

Doesn't make you a bad person.

I was soft fired back in August (or maybe September. Can't remember, doesn't matter). It went more like a breakup. A "hey, this isn't working out." Which, to be fair, it wasn't.

I still have a lot of respect for how my boss let me go. There's definitely a skill in firing.

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starbreaker

This is why I've resisted any attempt at grooming me for management. I don't want to be in a position to fuck up somebody else's life for no better reason than to help make some rich assholes even richer.

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abacushex

My respect for simply taking on that role. I'm stuck at the engineer level in my 30-year career by choice because I was in management once and hated it. I was stuck between a VP who knew jack sh*t about technology and someone very good at their job but who had the personality of a rabid badger. The VP wanted them gone. I was out of that role before I had to make that call, by hiring my replacement and getting back to "turning wrenches."

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caffo

I totally understand staying at the engineering level. I used to be an engineer myself, and one of the reasons I wanted to move up the ladder was to try to be different from the crappy manager I had in the past. Nowadays, I realize that still hard to make a real difference, but if I can help people have a slightly better day, it's good enough for me.

The firing part still sucks, tho.

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cherry

I can't even imagine how much firing someone would suck. I hope you get paid handsomely for a having that kind of stressful role!

Until 2 years ago, I was trying to work my way up the corporate ladder. I got made redundant before I hit manager luckily, because I really started to pay attention to the work my manager had to do & I knew deep down I could never handle it. She had to fire a co-worker of mine & it really shook her for a good couple of weeks after. She honestly wasn't sad when she was made redundant with me.

I'll grab a ginger ale too thanks. Extra ice.

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caffo

I have been doing this for about four years, and it still messes with me every time. Some other managers I know try to convince me with phrases like "There's always a reason for someone being fired", or "It's all part of the game", but that doesn't help me at all. I know how bad it is to be in their shoes, and I can't feel good about it in any way.

Glad to have a ginger ale partner here! Cheers!

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