So late this afternoon two of my supervisors called a meeting of all permanent employees in our department. Apparently, one of the quitting supers (Richie) handed his two-week notice in yesterday for health reasons (totally valid; he's stressed out and been ill several times this year). Then something went down this morning with the department supervisor Dora, something that made her angry enough to start crying in public (so not like our sweet, soft-spoken Dora), something bad enough to make her quit and simply walk out. Richie, who's a friend of hers, says he doubts she'll even try to come back.
So in one fell swoop we've lost the two people who know the most about how to run our department, and two of the four really good reasons to work in Terry Hines Accounting: Richie and Dora out of the four supers, all of whom are really great bosses. Actually, we've lost three. Danny, tearsheets super, also handed in his two-week notice today. No idea if it was already something he was planning on doing, or if it was a show of solidarity with Dora, or what. At this point I don't expect Dora back, nor do I expect Richie to change his mind. Danny could maybe be talked into staying.
There was a lot of drama over all this; coworkers crying; everyone trying to figure out ways that it wouldn't have to happen like this, trying to talk Richie into staying, etc. Out of the whole thing, he's the one I actually admire--it's hard to quit a job where you're that necessary even if your health is at stake. I told him I thought he was really brave, and shook his hand, hoping that might slightly offset the stress he was getting from coworkers begging him to stay.
There was also much joking (and serious discussion) of a mass exodus from the company; whether any of us should stay, if our wonderful supers are going to be gone. "Rats fleeing the sinking ship" was the metaphor that was used (which amused me, as I had thought that as soon as I heard the news).
It's going to be crazy trying to learn enough to keep our department going while this all goes down. I offered to work overtime if need be till Richie leaves; we'll see.
Then, right before closing, our personnel lady from upstairs came down and called a meeting. Apparently, there is restructuring going on in other offices in order to save money and streamline the company, since we're having a hard time keeping clients and making all ends meet. They've also implemented stricter rules and accountability for the Ad Executives...which could be good, as the AEs like to blame all their mistakes on Accounting because we're the ones who find all their mistakes. They're taking a tough line though: one mistake, verbal warning; same mistake again, written up; third time, fired. O_O This might partly be an attempt to make sure that people don't desert Accounting completely--throwing us a bone of appreciation--or it might just be what she said it was, an attempt to streamline the company.
Scary though, too. If they can be that strict with upstairs, how long will it be before they come down on us too? I'm a good worker, but I have (*blush*) been reprimanded for being online when I'm not supposed to be. It's a hard habit to break! They're not going to be firing anyone down there right now, that would be idiotic of them, but....
I still wonder if I should at least look into other job options. Just to see what's out there.