Don’t Burn Your Bridges!

When you lose a job, it’s natural to feel angry, bitter, betrayed and more.  It becomes  so tempting to lash back, telling your boss or supervisor what you  really think. As cathartic as it may be, don’t do it.  Don’t let your emotions get the best of you.   Better to push the past behind you,move forward  and proceed with something more positive. 

Burning your bridges is never a wise move for you don’t want your reputation to be at stake. In the online world we live in, one could argue we’re somewhat enclosed  in a glass fishbowl, albeit virtual. Conversely, if you take the high road, you may be able to negotiate a compromise with regard to your dismissal. 

Recently, I heard about a highly competent hard working IT specialist who was informed he was going to be laid off in a few months.  He learned that his responsibilities were going to be outsourced abroad.  To add some “salt to the wound”, he was directed to train his distant replacement and he did  follow through.  According to the plan, he did eventually lose his job, a position he had held for over ten years.

All was not doom and gloom though.  Just a few months later, a former colleague at the company he had just left informed him of an open position for which he was well qualified but  in a different division or department.  Having not burned his bridges, he was rehired.  So, there just maybe a silver lining behind every cloud.


About suzanne kaller

Business Librarian at Arapahoe Library District in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado. Engaged in business outreach and general reference serv

Posted on December 17, 2010, in Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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