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"Dear 2020" - by Chantal Bilodeau

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The letter we all need to read... feel,... and send! Send it to 2020. Send it to our fears, disappointments, and anger. Send it to ourselves.  For having done this, we will find peace. Hope. Love. We will find Future. And Faith...

Dear 2020,

As discussed in our last meeting, this letter confirms that your employment with us will be terminated as of December 31, 2020. Pardon my being so blunt but I am beyond thrilled to see you go. We had high hopes for you yet you have been a disruptive presence pretty much ever since you got here.

The reasons for terminating your employment are as follows (in case I have not already made them abundantly clear):

• Despite repeated warnings, your performance over the past nine months has been dismal and jeopardized the success of the entire company. (I mean, seriously. WTF?)
• Even after remedial training, your conduct with and disrespect of our most vulnerable workers has been unacceptable. Racism and discrimination will not be tolerated.
• Your unprofessionalism and lack of ethics in the handling of our resources has caused unspeakable pain and distress to our shareholders and will continue to threaten the wellbeing of the company for years to come.
• Your unwillingness to collaborate with your co-workers has made teamwork impossible, curtailing the impacts of everyone's efforts and undermining morale.

This decision is irrevocable. You are to clear your office and desk of all your personal effects by 11:59 pm on December 31, 2020, at which point someone from the Human Resources Department will collect your ID card and escort you out of the building. Once you are gone, I will personally make sure that your name is wiped out of our system. You will be to the company what the 13th floor is to a building.

In closing, I know I should thank you for your service and wish you all the best in your future endeavors but in truth, unless you develop a modicum of self-awareness and humility, I don't see how anyone could hire you again.


Chantal Bilodeau
Board member

PS Your position has been offered to 2021, who officially accepted yesterday. She will start on January 1, 2021. Her qualifications and sunny disposition are exactly what we need to start this new chapter on the right foot. I, for one, cannot wait to start working with her.

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