But when I read last week that workers at Toyota’s largest plant in Australia had waited 13 weeks to find out who among them would be laid off, I didn’t shake my head in sadness at the 350 lost jobs.
Instead, I wondered what most of them had done in those weeks to prepare for the falling axe.
Said one dismissed Toyota employee: “I’ve worked there for 18 years. What am I going to do?”
Well, by my calculation, fella, you had three full months and umpteen paychecks to figger out that little puzzle!
(Toldja I’m a heartless jerk.)
Hey, I was “victim” to a massive corporate layoff a few years back. And yeah, I wasted plenty of time around the Xerox machine with my cohorts, gossiping and worrying about the threatened “restructuring.”
But I also busied myself planning what I’d do when the slashing and burning began.
I started reading lots of business and motivational books.
I started building my marketing skills via Dan Kennedy, Jay Conrad Levinson, and others.
Then, when The Day came — when my boss told me, hey, see ya around town — I was ready.