At the recent all employees meeting, the good news was that the European CEO of New Co assured us that they intended to maintain a presence (office) in Manchester for the long term. Hurray!
But what did he mean by ‘long term’?
In investing terms, it’s probably a minimum of 10 years, more likely 20 or 30 years.
Speak to some people and they think 5 years is long term. If you talk about relationships, one year is long term for certain types!
Anyway, I’m hoping it’s closer to 10 years but we’ll see what happens.
The bad news is that whilst he didn’t actually mention the dreaded ‘r’ words (redundancy and restructuring), he did talk about the introduction of a new way of working, that of ‘work teams’ which would mean people being reshuffled (uh oh, another ‘r’ word!) into these teams. Ultimately, people would have to apply to be a part of these teams so this will more likely affect commercial and operations people in the business, but may also have an impact on my immediate friends and colleagues.
The job I do doesn’t slot into any work team; rather, my role would be to support these teams…I think. One good thing is that in the past month or so, work has filtered through to me from New Co that is not integration-related. Not that I’ve been sitting around twiddling my thumbs – I’ve been kept busy with existing Old Co work.
Anyway, I was invited to HQ to finally meet my New Co colleagues face-to-face.
I was quite relieved to find that they were pleasant, helpful and friendly.
I hope they found me just as pleasant, helpful and friendly. I made a point of remembering people’s names and was introduced to the UK CEO – the little chat we had was worth the 6-hour round trip itself!
The good news was that when I got back to the office the following day, the feedback my boss got was very encouraging and discreet enquiries had been made about my background, experience and work capacity.
So, I’m still optimistic about work, still just keeping my head down and getting on with stuff.
‘Armageddon’ is likely to happen around September or October, when all the IT software, systems etc get migrated over to New Co’s servers.
Whilst the prospect is not worrying me or keeping me awake at nights, it’s kind of curled up at the back of my mind to keep me in touch with reality – I accept that things will not end well for everyone.
That said, it’s still a good place to work at, most people are upbeat, although motivation could be better in some areas. The work I’m doing is still interesting and challenging and there’s still a lot of it so it’s home-time before I know it!
Anyway, it’s been a blur of a week, ending on Friday 13th (lucky for some!) – wishing you all a great weekend!