As you can now see in various places online (like here and here), some people at Saab are starting to receive letters telling them that they will cease to be employees as of [insert appropriate date].
The call that I sat in on yesterday, the one that brought me some acute heartbreak last night, was to do with that topic.
I received an email from a friend in Sweden overnight, who highlighted to me the lack of hope that that post conveyed for Saab’s future. Reading it back, I’d have to agree with him. I suppose the moment got the better of me.
Here’s part of my response to him this morning, suitable for reproducing here, too:
Perhaps I got a little too fatalistic at the end of that post. Of course, there is still hope for Saab to be sold as a whole entity and I hope that it is. I should have written that last section as being a risk of it all being lost, rather than it actually being lost.
My sadness was mainly about the fact that even if Saab is sold, the team I worked with has mostly moved on……So, maybe it’s not the end for Saab, but from a personal perspective, the bit of Saab that I worked closely with is very close to being completely disbanded.
I do, of course, retain hope that Saab can be sold as a whole unit, that we’ll still have a chance buy Saabs in the future. And yes, if that buyer came knocking on my door I’d love to talk to them about continuing to follow the journey that we started this year with Inside Saab. I still think the concept has tremendous merit.
But last night’s sadness was real and very personal, because it involved the people I’d got to know and really enjoyed working with. The hope that Saab can continue doesn’t take away the sadness that it won’t be with (mostly) the same people, nor does it temper the anger arising from the fact that we’re in this situation to begin with.