RE: "Sorry you're not the right fit" - After "all is fine" for 4 weeks

Subject: RE: "Sorry you're not the right fit" - After "all is fine" for 4 weeks
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: "Downing, David" <DavidDowning -at- users -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2008 14:00:32 -0700

David Downing, echoing others, wrote:

> I must confess, the stories in this thread are making me mad. It just
> seems so unfair that a person can be perfectly competent to do the job
> and yet be fired because people don't like the sound of their voice or
> have some other purely subjective problem with their personality. I
> people could be judged solely on how well they do their job.

The "Peaceable Kingdom" is a children's fantasy. People's personalities,
likes, dislikes, etc., vary widely. For perfectly understandable
reasons, not everyone gets along with or is comfortable with everyone
else. I'm quite certain that's true of you, too.

As a consequence, people that _do_ feel comfortable around each other
tend to gravitate together, and those who don't fit in drift away. This
leads companies, departments, clubs, teams, etc., to develop specific

It's just as important for you to find a culture that fits you as it is
to find work for which you're suited and pay and benefits with which
you're satisfied.

Do you really _want_ to spend a third of your life amongst people who
don't much like you and with whom you're not comfortable?

Suzette Leeming is exactly correct: "... they really are doing you a
favour by cutting you loose so you can find something better." I'd only
add "better for _you_."


Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom


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