"We don't need you any more, you're surplus to requirements, we're letting you go."
"What went wrong?"
"Wasn't I good enough?"
"Oh, no, nothing like that. Nothing personal. You understand?
With the budget cuts something had to give, and unfortunately
it was your job."
"But what'll happen to the program I was working on? Who will care?"
“I don't know."
"Not my problem."
"That's the way it is."
"Not my decision."
"My hands are tied."
"The performance bonus? Yes I get a bonus for cutting costs, it doesn't matter how it's done,
it’s the bottom line that counts."
A drabble is a story told in 100 words. No more. no less.
This isn't a personal story, but unfortunately I suspect this attitude is commonplace in many Government departments. Shortsightedness about valuable programmes takes second place to cost cutting without regard for long term implications. My role is to assist people to get back on their feet.