會議開始之時，由公司最高領導人作開場白，短短數句，只表示裁員屬公司決定，而且倫敦和紐約分公司也受到牽連，他本人也盡了力云云。幾句說話，冷漠而沒有感情，沒有歉意與內咎，沒有交代來龍去脈，也沒有說明他的「盡了力」是為員工作了些甚麼。小妹只是天真地認為，此時此刻，解釋雖已是徒然，但多花半點感情、一分難過和憐憫，大家不是會多兩分暖意嗎？! 「僥倖」保住「飯碗」的同事，不是也會感到這間公司仍有點點人情味嗎？! 那不是比那張愛莫能助的咀臉好看嗎？!
+++Risk and Challenge
Following the announcement of the wage freeze at the beginning of the year, the company that I work for finally could not bear anymore and a serious redundancy has been undertaken.
Almost 20% of the staff has been affected in due course. Among all the departments, the one that I work at has the largest impact as more than half of my colleagues have been laid off.
I have no comments on the decision of this redundancy but on the way they treated the staff.
On the day of the announcement, the company called for an emergency meeting. All staff had been called in for the meeting, including those who were on leave. Some colleagues who were wise enough had realised what would happen next and some even knew they would be the ‘victims’ of whatever was about to happen.
The Chief of the company gave out an ‘opening speech’ at the beginning of the meeting, just to let us know the redundancy was an administrative decision. We also knew other branches in London and New York had also been affected but he had tried his best anyway. His words had no affection and there were no signs that he was sorry for what happened either. More importantly, he did not explain the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of this layoff, nor what he had tried his best for his staff on the whole situation. It might not be necessary to give out any details of any administrative decisions because it was not going to help anything anyway. But I just naively thought if he would simply show a little bit of affection and a little bit of sympathy, would it not make everyone feel a bit better? For those who were ‘fortunate’ enough to get out of this ‘disaster’, would they not feel there was still something for them to hold on to? Would everything not look a bit better than the face of the Chief that showed no feelings whatsoever for his staff?
All colleagues had to wait in the conference room right after the meeting. They had to wait to see their superiors one by one in order to find out whether they would have to go. Some colleagues who were a bit emotional felt the way they had been informed were not much different as if they were ‘prisoners’ and thus, they were upset and disappointed about the way they have been treated. I personally think it might be more appropriate if the superiors could notify those particular colleagues individually and quietly. It would at least reduce the damage and the degree of the impact on the staff as well as the company.
After the distribution of the ‘envelopes’, some colleagues just could not stop the tears, some were disappointed and others just simply felt sad. The thing was that everyone in the office were down, lamented and deplored, regardless they were going to leave or stay. Even for those who managed to stay in their positions, they just could not stop thinking the company would have other decisions sooner or later. The spirit of the team has dropped to the lowest point ever that it simply could not be described in words. I was thinking the first thing the company should do was to try to calm the uneasy feelings of the staff. But the Chief did not bother to do so unfortunately. I would not tell if he valued his staff but his worthless character just amazed me. I guess a company as this that faces a dilemma but still wants to fight for survival ought to restructure the company and get rid of all the slackers as soon as possible, or this would be the sign of the end of a dynasty otherwise.