It comes down to numbers... load them up til they break and leave ... tell us they have no “plan” for the multi office closures ... keep adding requirements and not providing for employee staffing dips due to known vacation and training, expecting more to be done in less time, with fewer people, cutting over time, upper management telling you not to follow the written procedures or you will not keep up, but not telling you which ones ...
and at the same time being told there is the “Memo” from corporate you are not allowed to see or have a copy of that says you will be written up if you do not follow the procedures and if you make any mistakes...
all in an effort to drive experienced (older) employees out so they can avoid paying severance when the offices do close ... do that with about 50 “experienced” employees... save over $ 1 billion. Yes that is “B” - billion in saved severance, salary and reduced retirement and medical benefits. The employee has to decide how much will they stand. Is it worth it?
When they suddenly call you in without real warning ... have your parting speech and questions ready because you will be in such shock you won’t remember what you would want to know or say. They silently march you out the door like a criminal, you are not allowed to even return to your desk for your keys or personal belongings, they bring them to you and later ship part of your stuff.
No thank you for your years of service or discussion over what was happening, just a voice over a speaker phone saying “you’re terminated” ... this is if you have not voluntarily quit. Being told by personnel there is no discussion, no negotiation, no details. No recourse in most situations. Clear your desk, have your speech and questions and keys in your pocket. Get your finances and resume in order so you are prepared just in case.
Decide the limit of what you will take and don’t let it destroy your health... a sad state at the Farm but it is the ever ramping up reality for the past several years. People leave and we don’t always talk about why. Not getting to say good bye is the hard part. Good bye to those I missed going before me and good bye to those I missed when I left. Good luck to those left behind. Stay strong and take care of yourselves.
There is life after State Farm. It is sad to say good bye to a friend, a good neighbor but that company is no longer there. I hope SF finds their way to a structure and model that works with better working conditions. The company culture needs enrichment and a true return to its roots.