We haven’t had an “end of the day” post for a few days now and your cruise director thinks it is high time we had one – we deserve it.
Recap of the past few days:
– another round of terminations are planned, emails sent out to many, far too many, passengers of the S.S. Heller Ehrman. Tomorrow is the last day for them – if you know anyone please send them your good thoughts. Tell them how it is a week later if you’ve been let go. Welcome them with open arms – we know we’ll make it ashore eventually
– Heller management has seen fit to make the Placement Opportunities website available externally – check it out here
– there is an offer to our Los Angeles passengers for a free coaching session – check it out you might be surprised
– various updates on a class action lawsuit by the loyal employees of Heller Ehrman LLP with various posts
– several passengers have filed various wage claims and WARN Act claims – read through this site for their advice
– if you were terminated last Friday or will be tomorrow, please see this post as to what you can do
Just a closing thought or two: I’ve been off the S.S. Heller Ehrman for a week now and still don’t have my bearings – it will take time I guess. As many thanks and kind words have come in via email, I really feel the need to thank you all for your support. I know it takes effort to just get up some days but when you sit in front of your keyboard and take the time to send feedback – any feedback – about this site, I want you to know it is appreciated. Now if only I could turn this skill into a new job! Is Carnival Cruises hiring? Do they need an on-board blog master/mistress?
On a more serious note, as we’ve seen week by week, more passengers are unceremoniously tossed off the ship, and then you have to wonder who or what will be left. And if you are in the water and floating about like me, while it isn’t great, it could be worse. I would much rather be treading water with this group of supportive, driven, determined, intelligent, creative, sometimes contentious, many times sad but more times angry group of ex-Hellerites than with anyone else in the wide open sea. Heller Ehrman knew what they had when they had us. They knew our work ethic. They knew our skills. They knew our creativity.
And yet some of them, perhaps a small sheltered group living in their elaborate penthouse deck, thought that we’d just quietly paddle to shore and look for the next passing ship. Go our separate ways and never look back. But did they really think that at a firm known for fighting for those outside the margins, those often not seen, those thrown overboard – did they really think that we had witnessed all that good work and had not learned a few things?
Tonight out on the Lido Deck, is a real rocker that is a fave of your cruise director: from 1982 here’s Patti Smyth and Scandal singing Goodbye To You.