Boss: (just before closing) Michelle, do you have a minute?
Me: (following him to his office) Sure.
Boss: (closing the door) We've been re-evaluating the team and though we appreciate the work you've done we're letting you go.
Me: (scraping my jaw off the floor)...Uh....wow...Uh...Have I in some way failed to perform my job to your standards or expectations?
Boss: No, you've done a fine job and we are grateful for your service.
Me: I don't understand.
Boss: Do you remember when we hired you that we discussed the need for good chemistry within the office?
Boss: Well, we feel the need to change the team chemistry, shake things up a bit.
Me: Since you're referring to chemistry I'd assume there is something deficient in mine and the way I am interacting with folks around here. Have I conveyed disrespect toward you or the patients or failed to work together with others in the office in a cooperative manner?
Boss: No, we just need to make a change.
Me: Well, it's hard to be told I am the one being "changed" and have you tell me it's the chemistry. It makes me think I have done something wrong and if that's the case I was not made aware of a shortcoming or given an opportunity to make improvements.
Boss: No, it's not you. We've just been re-evaluating for the past month and we need to shake things up.
Me: Well, I'm stunned.
Boss: I understand. It's effective immediately. I need your key. Please don't hesitate to ask us to write a referral. We'd like to do that.
So out of nowhere I am fired with essentially no explanation or warning. And that's the extent of the conversation.
So my Wednesday sucked. How was yours?