Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Layoff stories: 'He didn't know either one of us'

Part of an occasional series. At a medium-sized Gannett newspaper, a senior manager entered the newsroom, and whispered quietly to a junior manager in plain view of other people nearby.

Then the senior manager asked me to make the long march to a distant office where he and the head of HR told me my job had been eliminated. I found out later why he stopped to whisper to the junior manager before coming to my desk: He had to ask her which one I was. I worked there two years and I was sitting next to another employee who has worked there more than 10 years, and he didn't know either one of us.

A look in someone's eyes. A cardboard box on an empty desk. A final conversation. Please share your layoff story in two or three paragraphs. Post replies in the comments section, below. Or e-mail via gannettblog[at]gmail[dot-com]; see Tipsters Anonymous Policy in the green sidebar, upper right.


  1. Wow, that's pretty sad. Sorry that has happened to you and that the manager did not know who you even were. You would think they would have made themselves a bit more familiar with the person they were letting go.

  2. Doesn't surprise me at all. My experience with Gannett is that the big shots treated the community this way, too, and that will never work with local, local, local.

  3. Doesn't surprise me at all, either. Unless you are a golden boy (emphasis in BOY), no one knows you.

  4. That manager should be fired. Period. That's awful.


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