This has to be one of the worst weeks I've ever experienced. After 36 years of working for the same company, I was laid off this week, and to make matters worse, they are forcing me to stay until Sept. 1st. Don't ever count on job security....never count on job security.
They supposedly laid off all remote workers, which I would think they would keep since we would save them money, and we all know that is what it all boils down to. They give us two weeks to decide what we want to do. Our options are: Severance package or relocate to New Jersey. I can't afford to move to New Jersey.
I don't know how it got around, but everyone seems to think I'm going to relocate. My boss calls me and says "She feels much better now, that I'm going to relocate." No one listens. I keep telling everyone that it was an option and I have to weigh all options. I guess in New Jersey-ese that means I am relocating.
I currently live in Florida, which is an inexpensive state compared to New Jersey. I asked HR one question: Will my salary be adjusted if I relocate? They simple answer was: No. How in the hell do they expect me to move to New Jersey, pay 4x what I'm paying in Florida and be able to live? I guess I could get a cardboard box. That's about the size of apartments in New Jersey.
Obviously, there was a reason they decided to let all remote workers go. I've been working from home for 13 years and my boss always told me she wished she had 5 of me. Not to toot my own horn, but I'm good at what I do. She can't understand how the people who work in the office do not know "how to work". So, based on that little tidbit, they obviously didn't layoff people based on their performance.
So, now I sitting here trying to figure out what I'm going to do. I've basically ruled out relocating, so that leaves the severance package, and it's actually pretty decent, however, I had thought at my age, I might be able to retire early. Well, that ain't gonna happen!!!!! I know I have plenty of time, but time goes by so fast and the end of my severance will be here before I know, so I need to have a plan in affect as to what, where, how and when....
Needless to say, I'm pretty pissed off by this whole situation. While they are laying off all the remote workers, they are sending around Emails about this person being promoted and that person being promoted. Talk about adding insult to injury. I really wish they didn't "force" us to stay until Sept. It sucks having to work with these people. But, I just keep thinking, "These people are never going to be able to handle the work."
I guess I've vented enough. Well, no I really haven't. That will be the next episode.