Updated: Jan 9
I have been very lucky to not be fired from many jobs, but that's because I've been loyal to the companies I've worked for (doesn't mean they have been loyal back!) and the fact that I owned my own production company for so many years meant I was my own boss!
Being let go from a company with no reason can be the worst because you're wondering why and when your boss or the owner of the company comes up with what seems to be a lie or with no real reason at all, it can really bother you.
I was once told to "stand down" from a job. We had been hired by a financial firm to produce weekly videos. The challenge was we shot on a Wednesday and had to deliver 3-3minute videos by Thursday at 9AM. When we were hired we found out that the person doing the videos before us was a full-time employee. He was doing videos on the side. The company felt like they need someone else to focus on the video work and boy did the ex-video guy not like us! After several months of doing these weekly videos, this random employee asked to speak with me. We sat down and told me that they wanted me to "stand down"... Am I a solider? To this day I don't really know what happened other than the fact that the employee continued to talk badly about us at every marketing meeting.
It's worst when you find out that you've been replaced. I was replaced in a role I had for a TV company because they could get someone cheaper... I can understand the money value of that but me being loyal to that company for 5 years meant NOTHING to them, and if it did.. it wasn't mentioned to me.
Recently this subject has been sitting with me. I'm use to rejection from applying for RFPs, proposals that don't go anywhere and being out bidded, it's part of the job... however, I think owners, bosses and managers need to learn how to communicate during your employment and even more so when they terminate your employment.
On the note of worth, there's this great meme going around that says, "If I do a job in 30 minutes it’s because I spent 10 years learning how to do that in 30 minutes. You owe me for the years, not the minutes." I think the word "years" should be changed to experience but it's true you're paying for the experience and skill.
Ok, Sunday rant done!