Don’t Think You Are Bulletproof

I sincerely hope nobody else has to experience a layoff, that the economy will turn around tomorrow and everyone’s future will be assured. None of the indicators are pointing in that direction though.

I think I can say with a fair degree of certainty that it is best to think about how you would deal with it … because nobody is bulletproof.

Randy Gaddo, a retired Marine, is a regular contributor to PRB and lives in Peachtree City, Ga. Contact him at (678) 350-8642 or e-mail

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5 comments on “Don’t Think You Are Bulletproof

  1. Billy Moore on said:

    You summed it up well. I am sure you are not just a number to your community. But unfortunately we often are just that to ones who can control our destiny.

  2. Michele on said:

    I’ve been reading your columns every Friday and appreciate the questions you raise and the insight you give to those issues. We’ve been right where you describe and it’s a tough process. Luckily, we knew we weren’t bulletproof — but that has consequences as well (distrust, low morale, stress). I totally agree that dignity and respect are lacking. All I can do is teach those qualities to my kids and lead by example.

  3. Bernie on said:

    I read recently that corporations were originally created to serve their employees, their community and thier stockholders. Now they exist for the sole purpose of enriching their stockholders and, more specifically, their board of directors. This is called capitalism run amuck. It will not turn around on its own power.

  4. Randy, you have so succintly summed up what many of us have been experiencing in our workplaces. I have always believed that if I was an asset to my employer, in terms of service and profitability, that I and my employees would be bulletproof. After so many years of being accomplished managers, you, I and so many others are left out of the decision making that leads to our jobs’ demise. It has made me rethink who I am, as an employee and as a person. Younger employees, of a different generation, are sometimes accused of not making the “buy in” to their jobs. I am now learning from them–my “ownership” was an illusion easily swept away by people I’ve never met. My empathy, condolences and best wishes for you and your staff.

  5. My prayers for you, Randy. The old style managers who cared about their people and cultivated loyalty are being pushed aside for SFWs. (the S stands for soul-less, the W for weasel) It is truly a different world and not for the better.

    I watched almost our entire staff being privatized and people with 20 to 30 years, very loyal and hard-working people, being cast aside with no more thought than someone dropping a Kleenex into a trash can.

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