My company, company A, is being sold. It has been bought by a major player in the field, company B, and everybody was quite happy with it. However, due to antitrust concerns the European Commission requires some parts of A to be divided to a third party. This third party, company C, is a hedge fund.
My department is being split. Out of the twenty-ish people here, myself and two others will go to B as planned. Everyone else will go to C.
My colleagues are not happy. They are putting together a protest email which will be sent to the top brass—which, by the way, will almost all go to B—complaining about the unfairness of the situation, and expect me to join the protest.
My dilemma is:
- All my colleagues, including the other two going to B, will join the email.
- While I believe the situation is unfortunate, on a very selfish level it suits me well. I don't want to sign the letter.
How can I not join the email and yet keep working in harmony during the acquisition process, which could take a month?