Tuesday Mar 31, 2009

Saying Goodbye with Dignity



I admit it - my original blog today was a rant:

“It stinks. It never gets easier. The fact it's necessary is small comfort. No comfort, in fact, to those who are losing their jobs today.”

But as I read emails from my departing colleagues, I realized that a rant was not appropriate. Because it didn't do honor to the dignity and classiness of the people we said goodbye to today. To give you a taste of what I mean, here are some sample lines from farewell emails I read today:

“Every day I've been at Sun has been a privilege.”

“It's been an honor to work with such an amazing group of people.”

“There have been a multitude of people at Sun who have touched my life and I wish and pray the best for you all.”

These comments are a reflection of our culture of caring. As is the vibrant online community that is hard at work helping each other find jobs, get support, know they're not alone. You'll find us on LinkedIn, on Facebook. You'll find us blogging. You'll find us emailing. Gone but by no means forgotten. We keep in touch with each other. I'm so impressed by the number of us willing to share that most precious of commodities today – job openings. That speaks to a generosity of the spirit that you just don't find everywhere.

When our founders started Sun almost 30 years ago, I know they envisioned a company of extraordinary people creating extraordinary innovation. And of that they – and we – should be proud. But I'm even prouder of the kind of person that Sun has bred. High in integrity, loyal to each other.

Even as we go through these tough times, we all have many reasons to hold our heads up high. I salute my colleagues and thank them for the lesson in professionalism and generosity they've taught me today.

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