JournalismPakistan.com May 7, 2014
My friend has just been retrenched. Sacked, actually, but he prefers retrenched. It rhymes with incensed which is what he is.
How could he let me go, he says, his shock adding a quiver to his voice, in an obvious reference to his boss.
He didn’t let you go, I say, the epitome of tact, he sacked you.
Don’t keep saying that, he says, I was made redundant.
Be happy the fact is your boss shafted you. Which is fine. Bosses are like assorted chocolates. Some good, some not so good, some downright horrible. But they are not your measure of your worth. Some of them don’t deserve where they are, they are venal, lead from behind, use their designations as a shield to keep the world from figuring out how useless they are, some are moral cowards, others sacrifice staff to save their skins, many are rude and boorish and still others inherit their command role because they are related to the owners or use influence.
So they dumped you. Move on. It is not an issue.
I thought it was my second home, says my friend mournfully. More fool him. Your office is not your home. You go there to work and get paid, period. What is this second home stuff? Your boss doesn’t love you, how can you be so naïve, he’ll sell you down the river in a jiff and go back to his golf game.
Stop being shocked. If you stood your ground, was not a yes man, did not pay due deference, had some principles, refused to fall in line and be a company man, it doesn’t matter how good you are, you are on the marked list.
It is his toy, he doesn’t want you to play with it, move on.
Second home indeed.
(The writer is a Senior Editorial Advisor of Khaleej Times and the paper’s former Editor. He has also been the Editor of Gulf News, Gulf Today, Emirates Today and Bahrain Tribune)
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