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Rumors of a RIF

Yiiiiiiikes! Do you know what a RIF is? It's a Reduction In Force meaning a reduction in work force aka "layoff".


Wayfair announced a hiring pause back in May and then did a RIF in august where 900 people were let go. It's surprising that there are rumors of another one so soon, but then again not so surprising given the macroeconomic environment right now. Many tech and marketing companies are suffering just like Wayfair.


Now let's clarify: this is just a rumor. I didn't know there was such a thing, but apparently there is a website called Team Blind where people can anonymously make complaints or "spread rumors". This isn't to say that it's false yet. Rumor has it that the RIF will take place on Friday, January 20th.


I'm a recruiter for the customer service team - so high-volume recruiting. I absolutely love it. To say I love it is an understatement. I love my job in so, so many ways. I've told my colleagues and candidates that I plan to stay for the rest of my career. But alas, here we are. I might be eating my words. It is rumored that customer service and marketing will be impacted the most. If CS is impacted, I'd be shocked if the recruiters aren't as well.


I've known about this rumor for about a week. Let me tell you, I've been through the gammet of emotions. I've cried out of sadness because I truly would be so sad to leave a job I love this much; I've cried out of sadness for my colleagues; I've cried out of fear and anxiety for what my family will do. But I've also been really excited. Referencing my last post, my word of the year is CURIOSITY. If I get to keep my job, I will be so incredibly happy and grateful. I would continue doing what I love and helping people find a career path. Not to mention there would be a lot of new opportunities as the company restructures. Could be exciting, right? Obviously my heart would ache for those who were let go, and I'm sure I would have an immense amount of survivor's guilt to work through.


But on the other hand, if I were to be laid off, I'm so curious to see what my next position and company will be. Will it be as good as Wayfair? Will I love it as much? Will I be able to find something? What if I take a couple of weeks and really get my editing business off the ground? What if I can keep the boys home with me instead of needing daycare? I would be able to play and teach them! I'd have full control over what they eat, how much TV they watch, and how much sunshine and fresh air we'd get. Wow, that sounds pretty incredible!


With how incredible this sounds, why am I only going after this if I get laid off? Why not start now and make this a possibility?


So I've signed up for UpWork, Fiverr and other freelance websites. I plan to reach out to my network this week. I plan to get after it! I set a goal to make my editing business a reality this year, but I was gracious in giving myself several months. Why wait? Im going to show myself that I can do hard things, and I can venture into the unknown, and I CAN DO IT!!

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