Sunday, September 17, 2006

The Passion of the Termination Process

As I have mentioned before in this blog, I have had only a few jobs. That is why I can't really say that I have a wealth of knowledge and experience with the termination process. However, I am quite surprised by the non-event that my recent termination from my last employer has been.

I expected to be deluged with bunches of different papers to sign but the termination process is self-service (like everything else these days).  You go to a corporate web site and click on a few options and out pops everything I ever needed to know about termination.  There have been no papers to sign. There has been no exit interview. The final check arrives in the mail. There is no goodbye luncheon; my boss lives 1000 miles away from me and besides he was on vacation the week that I was scheduled to spend my last day with the corporation.  Our last communication was through instant messaging.   I had to turn in my laptop, my badge and my corporate credit card to one of my coworkers.  I wasn't expecting a brass band or a massive severance check but I was there for 6 1/2 years and did a reasonable job (if you believed my annual reviews).  It would've been nice to have a thank you for my time.

What really surprises me is that the HR people wouldn't want to have some kind of a exit interview. Think of the data they could plug into their models; think of all the various plots of data points that they can produce; think of all the PowerPoint presentations that could be generated from that data.

But I guess it doesn't matter anymore. We have become a disposable society and that impacts even large corporations. We are all expendable. That is really kind of sad that we are reduced to such a passionless process.


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