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I'm told that my position is 'going to be redundant' - not 'is redundant' but 'is going to be redundant'.
The company I work for has got it into its head that, if it consolidates its chemistry testing in New South Wales, away from most of the food market in Australia, it will grow and blossom beautifully.
I expressed a contrary view.
The next day am told that my position will become redundant.
Not yet. Eventually.
The price of not being a 'yes man'. The phenomenon of GroupThink springs to mind.
In the mean time they want me to stay on while they find and train a replacement in NSW. (The ad went on-line yesterday) And, because the staff respect me, I am expected to keep them calm and be a positive team player, selling the joys of the soon to be consolidated chemistry lab. Wouldn't want the flock to stampede on the way to the slaughterhouse, would they? The promise to me is a bonus if I stay doing a miserable job to the miserable end.
I asked the Managing Director if he knew what a Judas Goat was. The response was a broad grin and a finger drawn across his throat.
I am no Judas Goat.
I have no intention of bailing this little blue boat longer than it takes to find a reasonable lifeboat.
Anyone out there need a slightly shop-soiled chemist?
Actually it might be a very good chance to slip sideways into something else.