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From Storm by Michael Longley. I googled until I found a line I liked.

I spent a fair bit of my morning looking at a threat-risk assessment one my co-workers wrote using a new template one of our new team members is developing. Or, really, I read through it quickly and then critiqued the template. I reached out to the guy working on the template and we had a really good conversation. I got a compliment on the feedback I provided, but it's entirely possible that I'm the first person to provide focused, technical feedback on the structure and purpose of the document. We've had so many new people added to the team recently, I'm feeling a bit lost sometimes.

And I learned today that our brand new director (in the job less than a year) is leaving the company before the end of the month. That makes three directors we've lost in less than a year. It's an unsettled time. I'll have worked for this director for nearly a year with no feedback on my performance. Well, until I get his written remarks as part of my formal evaluation after he's gone.

They've decided to stop searching for a replacement manager for my area. We're going to be merged with another group (under the same area) and one of those folks will be made manager officially. Not sure how he'll do as manager. I've dealt with him as a peer, but not as my superior. I think I pay a little too much attention to that, but why change now?

This current wind may blow for another 2 months at least, and I wonder what things will be like then.

Date: 2016-01-16 01:50 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] buhrger
That makes three directors we've lost in less than a year. It's an unsettled time.
i'm hoping this is an atypical rate of attrition? any idea what's causing it?

Date: 2016-01-17 07:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] handslive.livejournal.com
This is very atypical. The internal org structure has previously involved some lateral movement between teams and some promotion of internal members to management positions while still bringing in new folks from outside at different levels, all of which looked like healthy growth and maturity. What's going on now looks like a cross between pruning and self-selected attrition.

I believe a combination of factors is leading to the change. One of those is the publicly acknowledged drop in financial performance, which resulted in layoffs across the company last year. I believe some folks left ahead of this and some were impacted directly. I don't think I can discuss everything that I think is influencing this, but the lack of "direct" action makes it hard to say what's going on from my point of view.


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