Superheroes as Diversion
June 29, 2006
My workplace has again been struck by a reduction in force, for the fourth or fifth time within 12 months. Not a massive layoff, and supposedly more for reorganization of function than financial stress. They don’t like to say “layoff” anytime, but especially when it’s not an economic issue. Still the ghastly HRspeak of saying such-and-such employees have been “impacted” (i.e., we had to realign the department and we’re sorry to tell you that George, Dick, and Karl were impacted this morning) makes me want to puke. (Of course, if it really were a trio by that name I wouldn’t feel so bad.)It’s hard to get fired up about the whole prospect of the enterprise after that, I admit. And there’s a certain envy of those who’ve been handed a transition they didn’t have to agonize over. Ahead of time, at least. Still it never really feels good to be on that end and I wish it were otherwise.
And we’re all of us “impacted.”
I know the people making the decisions aren’t trying to depress us and put people’s lives out of joint. At least I think not. And I don’t think they’re stupid, though they may be feeling their way in the dark more than they’d like to let on. So the invective bubbles up but there’s no rational thing to do with it.
So we divert ourselves with things like the following, sent to me by another former colleague who left of her own accord and commiserated. It’s a short quiz of amusing questions that yields your superhero profile.
Here’s what it told me:
You are Spider-Man
|You are intelligent, witty,
a bit geeky and have great
power and responsibility.