@everetra - I think you’ve nailed it. Unfortunately, to manage business operations during those lull periods frequently means layoffs as the company shores up its processes, eliminates waste, and brings in automation to do jobs once performed by people.
That’s an unfortunate reality, but it’s true, and something that businesses simply must do to survive. I survived a layoff myself, and in one sense, it turned into a promotion for me so I’m certainly not complaining.
But I could see the writing on the wall. I had less and less work to do, and I was in a “back office” position rather than being on the front lines.
I knew that my days were numbered, but as I said, I survived, got a better job, and in hindsight I could see objectively how my position had to be eliminated in order to streamline the business. You learn not to take these things personally.