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The Axe Man



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"The Axe Man's here!"  Word traveled quickly through the editing department of the large publishing company.
 
"What's everybody so nervous about?" asked Jake, a laid-back twenty-five year old and the most recent hire.
 
 "It's just that every time Mr. Peabody from corporate shows up heads start to roll," senior editor Carter explained.
 
"You mean they send him here just to fire people?" Jake asked incredulously.
 
"Yeah, and it never seems to make much sense about which ones he axes," Carter said, suddenly turning pale as he saw Mr. Peabody standing in the doorway motioning for him to come.
 
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I'm linking up with Ivy for Six Sentence Stories
The cue this week is "AXES"

18 comments:

  1. That is a scary tale and happens quite often in today's business world. Well done!

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  2. Even fictionally this is heartbreaking.

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    1. I agree Frank, imagine that sinking feeling when you realize you are the chosen one.

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  3. A great story. I thought about a getting axed story when I was brainstorming. The flow is excellent, using conversation to give information. I can see the expression on Jake's face as Mr. Peabody is standing in the door of the office. Loved it, Josie.

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    1. Thank you, Val! This one came easy. Sadly, simple, what more can be said?

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  4. Scary and real, it has happened recently and makes me nervous still. Well done!

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    1. I think the more we see of this in life, the more unsure we become of how secure our own position is. It makes me nervous from time to time too!

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  5. yeah, the modern day court appointed executioner, wearing a suit and arm with a calculator… timely indeed.

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    1. Exactly, Clark! I can't tell you how often I hear a company owner say that they need to cut expenses and then immediately turn to the staff as the first cut. Employees are seen as dispensable, which wasn't as true in years past, I don't think.

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  6. On the phone...remember cheers when Norm was the axe man??? This reminded me of that but i doubt your guy was as torn as Norm was about it!

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    1. I had forgotten all about that until now, and yes I surely do remember. For me, cutting staff unless warranted by their performance, is the cruelest thing to do or be a part of.

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  7. How not to run a business. Even if the Editor was on the short list it would be better for Peabody to ask his opinion first who should be let go so he could go gracefully. Sadly slash and burn is much more popular these days.

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    1. Indeed it is, Old Egg. If it was based on keeping employees who are the best company assets and getting rid of "dead wood" it might be ok, but often it is all based on financial benefit or company politics. So very wrong.

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  8. Spot on Josie. Not a far fetched "story" at all. As a matter of fact, my own office had a surprise visit from our own "Mr. Peabody" a few weeks ago. Very sad indeed. Unfortunately, "corporate downsizing" is still alive and well.

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    1. It is truly unfortunate when this happens. Employees who work in fear of their losing their jobs cannot be as productive and creative as they might be if they felt valued and secure.

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  9. Hmm...did my comment get eaten?
    This touched a nerve for me for sure...the Hub and I know all too well that this happens in this manner far too often. Sad and scary.

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    1. Hi Lisa! Didn't see the other comment, I even checked my comments log and spam file to be sure. I wish this story was totally fiction, and that it wasn't so prevalent in real life, for those caught in the web it can mean such hardship, not to mention the emotional damage havoc. I think though, that no matter what happens to us, we can always find a way and the courage to move on to something new and hopefully much better. Maybe that is the purpose.

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