First, please accept my apology for falling off the grid and leaving you hanging.Despite my grandiose announcement on the last post, with 41 days left until my retirement, all 2800 employees in my company including myself were terminated on March 20. We have lost our medical benefits, insurance and as I write this our pensions are very under-funded and the result is that I will have to work until I’m as old as dirt. I am now on the freedom 85 plan.
To say that this is a devastating event in my life is an understatement. My retirement was perfectly planned, perfectly executed and now perfectly fucked up! I keep thinking I’m going to wake up. All of my stuff from my office is still in the back of my car, it still feels like a nightmare and that I’ll wake up and take all the stuff back and everything will be as it was. Today my friend saw all the stuff and asked if I was living out of my car. I responded “not yet”.
Despite this I have been working hard to help my fellow employees and am part of a small team of ex-employees who are putting on two job fairs, one on April 2 and another on April 12th. This positive pursuit has allowed me to focus on other people’s needs. They are an amazing team of generous, bright and determined employees and human resources professionals who reached out to us. I’m also recommending, writing CV’s and providing free coaching sessions. Some of our employees have been impacted so severely because their whole families worked for the company. We aren’t even going to get our severance or vacation pay and so far have not received the money for days already worked. This will be the first time I have been on unemployment in my life, which I will only be entitled to for one month because I may receive some pension monies.
The bottom line is I’m back on the hunt for a job. I sincerely want to work in a positive environment and be able to use all of my 23 plus years of business experience along with my new coaching skills to contribute to an organization’s success.
To my fellow employees, I will continue to provide support to you to the best of my ability. Please send me your positive energy as I navigate these unknown and frightening waters. I’m sure I will learn a great deal through this experience but what exactly that will be remains to be seen. My emotions are up and down from day to day and sometimes hour to hour. I am blessed to have an incredibly supportive husband who fortunately continues to be employed.
I know I will come through this experience because of all the people who support me and love me and to them I owe a huge debt of gratitude.
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