Here it is, New Years’ Day 2019.
A powerful force is at work in me. One I recognize as unique to this day. Longing. For. Change.
A new year is a time we all should take stock of what we want to keep, rethink, reengineer. How to change aspects of life and business that are no longer working.
Two people dear to me were fired a week before Christmas. Suddenly, without warning. (and unfortunately, not in ways that demonstrated compassion and leadership. If you’re doing this, please follow the “Do Unto Others” rule.)
The Pink Slip is a dreaded fact of life on both sides, whether for “cause” or the result of a corporate downsizing. No one (except perhaps Donald Trump!) likes to fire someone. And for sure, it’s no fun to be on the receiving end. Yet, most of us who have worked for an employer have experienced it. (In my case, 3 times. In some areas, I am a slow learner).
In both cases, my friends quickly realized their Pink Slip was a blessing. After the initial shock of receiving the news—not having made the decision—it was quickly realized as beneficial by the fire-ee. (One of them calls her current status FUNemployed.) There is usually mutuality even if the person being fired did not make the decision.
Both of my Pink Slip friends were in working relationships with managers riddled with tension and misunderstanding. Both are hard-working, dedicated employees who stuck it out against their better judgment: “At least I have a job.” It never feels like a good time to quit a job. But, it’s also not good for one’s life and health to remain in a situation where you are unhappy and unable to do your best work. A few weeks later, both feel free and relieved. More doors have opened. (While this may feel a luxury statement in a good job market; in 20 years of coaching, I have never heard someone regret that they were fired in the long run.)
Humans ARE change. It’s happening every minute of every day. (Did you know: You get a whole new skin every 2 to 4 weeks? That red blood cells last less than half a year?) We are not built to stagnate in bodies … or situations that deteriorate our well-being and erode our spirit.
The Pink Slip is usually a welcome mat on the doorway of changes we are wanting to make. (If we can see it this way.)
What makes New Year so compelling is that it’s the one time of the year when the collective masses are thinking about how to choose our Pink Slips.
What situation, work or otherwise, are you tolerating that no longer serves you?
Consider what Pink Slip you want to write up for outdated habits or toxic relationships – whether it be to fire yourself from a bad boss, a misfit workplace culture, or simply a job that you’ve outgrown. It takes courage … but I can almost guarantee you will land in a better place.
If you are considering firing someone who isn’t cutting it, you should do it sooner than later, for both sakes. Just do show compassionate leadership and respect. Those who will be impacted (including your fellow employees who are also effected by the tension) will applaud your courage.
Give it some good thought.
Here’s wishing you a beautiful culture of fresh energy and like-minded people in 2019.