The recent election got me thinking, about endings, particularly ones that hurt. Right now Ed Balls, Danny Alexander, Douglas Alexander, Jim O Neill, Esther McVey to name but a few have been, for want of a better word, moved on from their jobs.
Working for as long as I have in HR, you get used to saying goodbye in all different forms. Goodbyes can be friendly i.e. someone moving on to bigger and better things, or not so friendly i.e. getting fired, acrimonious redundancies, settlement agreements, simply not getting along or – in the case of politicians – just not having your contract renewed.
Regardless of how a person receives their P45, it does not necessarily mean it’s the end of life as we know it. If I had a pound for every person who was made redundant (me included) or yes even fired (yes me again) who turned their lives around and did even better the next time around, I probably would be living the dream on that beach in Ibiza.
Its not what happens to a person that defines them. It’s how they deal with it that counts.
Sometimes it’s the people who are left behind who feel the pain the worst. Guilt, still plodding along doing the same old thing, whilst the ‘done to’ colleague is zooming around working somewhere different for even more money, starting something new, or enjoying the spoils the sacking has yielded. Practically every successful person out there has at least 3 sackings (in whatever form you care to describe it) under their belt. It allows you to re-group, figure out what you don’t want, and gives you the wisdom to think about what really matters. Before you know it you wonder why you stayed so long and put up with so much in the first place.
If you think you might need to ‘move someone on’ or even ‘move yourself on’, then CrosseHR can help you work it out and find the good in goodbye.