Someone once told me that you’re nobody in this business until you get fired. Well, today, I know a bunch of somebody’s who may not appreciate the title.
Last week, my former TV station laid off at least 15 people as part of a change in companies. It happens all the time in TV news – and many other professions — and is just a part of working. You remember how your grandmother told you that “death was simply a part of life?” Same goes for this. Being fired is just a part of being hired – a part of work.
But knowing this doesn’t make it any easier.
I’ve been on all sides of this issue – I’ve been the one fired, I’ve been the one having to do the firing, and I’ve been the one who’s been retained while my colleagues and friends got fired. However you look at it, frankly, it bites.
If I can give any advice to my friends who’ve been let go, they should know that life does go on.. they will find another job, and maybe one that makes them much happier than they ever thought they could be.
For those who’ve had their contracts extended while their co-anchors got fired, you should not feel guilty about it. I always did my best to help my friends who were let go. Sometimes they just need a compassionate ear to listen. Be there for your friends and help them find another job. Don’t ignore them, don’t pretend like you don’t know them just because it makes you feel uncomfortable or because you’re afraid for your job (management can’t fire you because you retain a friendship with a fired colleague.)
The Chinese have the same work for crisis as they do opportunity. Sometimes, being let go is the catalyst for greatness. My best to my former colleagues, and as always, if you need an ear, “The Doctor Is In.”