My mother is a business unit manager at a major factory. She has many people that she supervises on a daily basis. Even when she is not at work, she is still working because here employees page her with problems they are having.
Last week, my mother called me in tears. She said that she had to lay off all but 4 of her employees. She was allowed to keep one per shift, with the exception of 3rd shift where she was allowed to keep 2 employees. She felt horribly guilty, especially doing it this time of year. I told her it was not her fault. She realizes this, but she really cares for her employees and feels so badly for them. Some of them are scheduled to come back; however, some of them were layed off permanently.
Yesterday, my mother received a call from the Human Resources person at her work. My mother was panicked because she thought she was going to also get layed off. The HR employee stated that no, she was not getting layed off; however, everyone that is still left at the shop will be getting paid 5% less, starting in February. They are not sure when they will put the 5% back into their salaries. My mom is thankful to still have a job and make a very good salary; however, that 5% stings a little bit.
This economy just has to pick up a bit. I feel so sorry for everyone losing their jobs...it is just heartbreaking. Even though I hate my job with a passion, I am so very thankful to still have it.