"When they returned, things suddenly felt frosty"
Unfortunately though, the company couldn’t recover and was forced into making redundancies. Having not been with the company long but very much enjoying my time there, I was surprised and relieved to be lucky enough to keep my post. Nevertheless, the news and the way in which it was handled hit the company hard. The mood changed immediately and over the months that followed it led to further departure of several more friends – some of which can be seen making me look embarassingly short on the left.
In the weeks building up to the redundancies, I spoke to a colleagues within the marketing team over the phone. My colleague expressed concern that his continued absence due to mental health could lead to his departure. He had got it in to his head that the ongoing financial issues would force the company’s hand and that he’d be made redundant. Ignorant to the reality of the scenario that was unfolding, I reassured him that all would be okay.
Unfortunately, the company was pressed into the scenario my colleague predicted, and he was one of the unfortunate people to receive the email. To the organisation’s credit, they offered to continue the mental health support they were paying for and help find him work elsewhere. I’m told the conversation was actually fairly upbeat. That was a relief given my immediate concern that what I’d actually told him was completely incorrect.
After a weekend to take it all in, I returned to work on the Monday morning. I quite vividly remember the typically blaring sales team being called down to a meeting room first thing. When they returned, things suddenly felt frosty – and if a salesperson is quiet, it’s probably a sign something isn’t right. I think I recall a shrug that essentially said “?” to Rhi, a friend who I sat beside at the time.
Shortly after, myself and Rhi – the only people left in the marketing team, were asked head to the same room. In the room, we were told that the lad mentioned above had taken his own life.