I hope things work out for the best for you. I almost got laid off in June; this was after I had volunteered to go on leave. My manager stood up to upper management and told them that what I was planning wasn't hurting the company or costing them anything; he also said if I went to court over being laid off, Personnel would back me up and not back up management's decision; upper management checked, and verified, that my boss was correct, so they backed down, and some other poor soul was let go. As it turns out, when I left, somebody else in my group was fortunate to be able to keep their job. I suppose the strategy was to get rid of someone in my group, regardless of who it was. It didn't matter that everyone else would suffer with a heavier work load.
As has been said, it's a cold, hard world out there; you either sink or swim. It doesn't matter so much if you look good or show up on time; what matters is whether you can hit the ground running, and be productive from the get-go. If you have to learn something, you learn it on your own time. And you may not be paid overtime either.
Mary Emerson E-mail: maryemerson@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Skype name: mkemerson Podcast web site: http://www.emerson.libsyn.com Podcast feed: emerson.libsyn.com/rss