So, middle of the day while I’m researching a potentially sensitive issue, I get an email with the subject “Resignation”.

It’s from my mobile device lead and I’m not entirely surprised. I know my supervisor and PM are in a meeting, but not for what, so I make a point to call their attention to it.

I know that his departure is going to hurt a lot, because the feds he works with 1x overworked and 2x underworking. Bonus, no one on my team is ready for his job.

What I don’t know is that the meeting my bosses are in is with one of the subcontractors for our contract and they’re about to offer their staff pay cuts. (Hint: my company underbid badly.)


One presumes that the alternative to the pay cut is unemployment. Not sure, but 3/5 of my tier 2 team are employed by that company. Another 5th is my mobile lead.

So, as we’re training a new hire who needs to learn a lot of computer basics and have been notified we can onboard the other backfill in the same state, I’m suddenly in danger of losing 40% of my team.

None of my tier 1 people are ready for tier 2. Definitely not the one who has been tier 1 for 14 years.

And I mentioned the underbid issue. Yeah, my team is where the worst underbidding happened. I guarantee we won’t be able to offer anyone a reasonable rate to replace these people.

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