Because you guys all wear ties to work
We cover many rounds of layoffs on this blog because they’re one of the few types of tips that agencies will (reluctantly) confirm. For that reason, we were particularly interested in a survey published by The Guardian today. Its subjects were journalists, but its findings hold just as true for those who work in the agency world.
In short, those “survivors” who keep their jobs while dozens of co-workers get laid off have to deal with the anxieties of “job insecurity” as well as “grief, guilt, anger and doubt” while subsequent conversation in the office (and the blog comment threads) then turns to “who will get laid off next?” and “why did the company axe this dude but not that dude?” It’s like PTSD Lite.
Who do these old-school journalists blame when the axe falls? Those meddling kids and their digital toys. In some sense, the finality of getting fired can be better than knowing that your job will disappear as soon as the latest “ninja” shows up.