There’s a YouTube here of Kramer getting fired. If you can’t see it please contact Google and tell them to stop being evil.
My step-father told me over the weekend the architectural firm he works for is cutting fifty of the three hundred people who work in their Canadian operations. There’s a tonne more being cut in their worldwide operations.
His job is safe, but it’s a salary dump so most of the people going are basically his level. So he’ll be losing friends and colleagues.
I’ve been fired. Not in a while of course because I haven’t worked for a paycheck in four years. But it has happened.
The dumbest time was from my first reporting job after college. I did some really good work for them, but the paper was expanding into three new markets and the owner brought on a managing editor whose background was in sales.
We didn’t get along. His grand idea was to tie news to ads. Buy one, get the other. When he brought his idea up at a news meeting I laughed. So getting fired was inevitable.
But it ended up being a lot funnier than I thought it would be.
I had the impression he expected me to get really angry, and planned what he was going to do and say accordingly. But I stayed very calm while he kept getting more agitated, like he was going to keep escalating until I reacted in real life like I had in his head.
So the reasons went from cost of expansion, to being late almost everyday, to my attitude in the office, to me not being a good reporter until finally he was waving his arms around telling me I was just not a good writer.
Finally I just left him and found a box so I could pack up my desk.
He called two days later asking to meet at a coffee shop where he proposed I write freelance for the paper. Just weird all the way around.
So my questions for you on this No Post Day:
1. What was the best job you ever got let go from (laid off/fired/closed)?
2. What was the result?