Last week I met one of my former co-workers. I was really happy for him six months ago when he told me that he landed a great position. When we met, however, I immediately noticed that he was not as cheerful as he was when we last spoke. I asked him if everything was OK, and his answer was as follows: “This is really upsetting. I was out of work for nearly a year; and as you know, I was relieved when I finally landed a job. I took a modest cut, but I was glad to be working.” My former co-worker continued; “I was on the job for less than four months and everything seemed to be going well. All my projects were on schedule and the ones I had completed for were finished under the allocated budget. I expected a stellar six-month review. But that is not what happened. A day before my four month anniversary, I was called into the Director’s office. I was laid off. They told me that the company had a budget crisis which forced the layoff. So here I am, out of work again!”
The Boomerang Effect.