Hmmm? Why is our enginerring director asking me to chat with him on Zoom right in the middle of my team’s daily standup? I’m talking about a problem right now I need help with. I can’t drop off the call, yet.
Hmmm. William just dropped off the daily team call. Dropped a note in chat saying he had to talk to the engineering director – right away!
This is not good.
Been there. Done that. Don’t want to do it again.
So I drop off the call and join the engineering director’s Zoom.
Ah, the HR person is here too. This is not getting any better.
- “Business is down”.
- “Financial challenges”.
- “Not performance related”.
- “Company wide restructuring.”
- “Effective immediately.”
S$!t. It is happening again.
On a positive note, WebDevStudios did send me a very nice letter of recommendation, and my engineering manager did offer to go on record and be a reference for me, and he did urge me to re-apply should the financial position of the company turn around. All of those things were a first for me.
WebDevStudios was a very good company to work for. I learned a lot. I felt like I was able to contribute. My opinions were heard. Management responded when given the opportunity. They truly have the whole remote worker thing down. Noone should ever feel left out there – even if we are hundreds or thousands of miles apart.
What to do?
Cap Web Solutions is still going strong. I didn’t move it to the back burner during my 10 months at WDS. I just time shifted my business working hours. It made for long days and limited weekends, but I do love owning my own agency and being my own boss. Back to it full time now.
One thing is for certain though.
I don’t think I’ll ever hear myself saying to my self, “Hey Matt, you got a minute to jump on a Zoom? I need to talk to you about something this morning.”