Out of the twenty five people in my department, three suddenly left last week. What could have prompted this mass exodus? Did they all get a better offer? Was it a direct result of a change of supervisor and senior management… or more worryingly was it the fact that I came back into the department?
One of the escapees is being missed though. He was one of the few people who made it worth coming to work - with his funny face and cheerful disposition (and yes, you know who you are and I know you're reading this). I miss my daily un-diverse, sexist and politically incorrect joke. Who will I confide my work-day misery to now he is gone? Things haven't been the same this week, but it could be argued that that's mainly because I now have to buy my own tea from the coffee shop!
Fortuitously, the departure of our former colleagues has coincided with a minor headcount reduction task, so those of us left feel a little more secure in our positions. Who knows how long this will last though. Our organisation chart now fits on one A5 sheet of paper. If we carry on at this rate, we won't even need a sheet of paper.