The job market is a fickle thing. The prospects of finding a new job or even securing a promotion with an existing company can provide an employee with a feeling of accomplishment and deep sense of satisfaction. These are feelings that bring about near universal smiles.
The flip side, however, is that another employee may be feeling something altogether different. The position being staffed may have only been available because someone else was forced to vacate the job just weeks before. Or, that big promotion could also mean that a fellow employee will be forced to reevaluate their position within the company after having significant responsibilities and/or pay stripped from them.
It's a dog-eat-dog world out there, and nowhere is that more clear than on the baseball diamond. For every up and coming Lou Gehrig on the verge of something special, there's a Wally Pipp that falls by the wayside. For some, the job market will get better, while for others, it just gets worse.