I Never Saw It Coming…
Janie came boppin’ into work like she always did. Everyone loved her because she was good at what she did and she always treated everyone with respect.
Janie kept her personal life separate from her work life perfectly, so she thought. Appearances can be deceiving as Janie would soon learn.
About 6 months ago, Janie’s boss began noticing little things she was not doing as well as she normally would. He wasn’t concerned because she was such a positive influence on her co-workers and he didn’t feel it was necessary to talk with her about it.
About 4 months ago, the regional vice presidents were instructed to put together an assessment of their operations. The president and CEO of the company were coming into town to “right-size” the company.
As usual, Janie thought nothing of it because she knew her skills and performance at work were A+ material. She immediately started arranging all the necessary material her boss would need to show how well his region was doing.
Janie’s boss, Robert, was pleased to see Janie get all the information ready for him. Meanwhile at home, things began to take a different turn. Janie couldn’t put her finger on it, but she felt her husband was acting strangely.
She didn’t think he was cheating on her, but she felt uneasy. What was it, she wondered?
Back at work, she felt in her comfort zone. She loved the people she worked with and even went out of her way to help the people that had a negative attitude about work.
The big “right-size” meeting was happening in 6 weeks. Janie’s boss, Robert, was a little nervous because he’s been through ugly layoffs before and it was never pretty.
Janie was working very hard getting the information together and her boss was glad Janie was working with him. In the back of his mind, he kept thinking something was wrong, but every time he asked Janie for an update, she had done great work.
Meanwhile back at home, things started to deteriorate. Janie’s husband, Kyle, began acting more indifferent by the day. Janie couldn’t help herself. She needed to know what was bothering him.
She finally confronted Kyle because she couldn’t take the weird vibe she was feeling. Kyle shrugged it off and said he was under a lot of pressure at work. This didn’t ease Janie’s pain one bit.
Now it was 3 weeks to the “Right-size” meeting day. Janie began taking work home with her because she found herself sitting at her desk for 20-30 minutes at a time wondering what was wrong with Kyle.
She wasn’t about to let her boss down and she was determined to have everything ready when he needed it. In Janie’s mind, everything was okay, but Robert became more concerned about her general appearance and lack of enthusiasm.
He chose to ignore Janie’s behavior for now simply because he was preparing for the big meeting.
As was her pattern for the last 3 weeks, Janie had to bring work home with her because she was spending too much time thinking about her situation with Kyle. She didn’t want to admit it, but she was completely exhausted and wore out from all the suspense.
Later that week, Kyle went out mountain biking with some friends. He forgot his phone and Janie heard it ring. She didn’t answer it, but she just couldn’t help herself and she listened to the voicemail.
The voice on the other end said, “Hi Kyle, it’s me. I miss you. Are you still coming over today?” Janie just about passed out and she began sobbing uncontrollably. Who is this woman calling my husband, she thought?
Janie didn’t confront her husband. She wanted to see how this would unfold before she started accusing him of something.
The next couple of weeks at work, Janie tried her best to cover up her feelings, but co-workers began to notice a big change in Janie’s behavior even though she didn’t catch on.
Now it was 2 days before the big meeting. Janie was focused on her job and she knew she could not afford to be distracted by her troubles at home. She took work home the day before the big meeting to make sure everything was in order.
She stopped off at the grocery store to pick up some food. While she was in the store, someone had broken into her car and stole her bag with all the material and her work computer.
When Janie came out of the store, she could clearly see someone had broken into her car. When she realized what was taken, she nearly had a panic attack. She kept muttering “why is this happening to me?”
She had no choice but to call her boss, Robert. Robert was not his kind, cordial self. He knew something was wrong and he chose not to deal with it. Now there were going to be consequences.
They couldn’t even scramble to put together a decent presentation. It was company policy to leave computers at work. Employees could use remote access, but Janie could not bear to be in the same room with Kyle while she was concentrating on work so she brought the computer home so she could work in another room. Big mistake as it turns out.
Robert (Janie’s boss) could not cover for her. He had to explain to the president and CEO what had happened. You can guess what happened to Janie. Everything is not as it seems sometimes.
Hey, if you like the story, I’ll tell you what happened with Janie and Kyle, but that will be for another day. Let me know if I should finish the story…