Due to the loss of contracts, layoffs have been impending at my place of work. It has been a tense, somber couple of weeks at work watching friends and co-workers get picked off one by one. Many people in the company have been escorted out on the same day, some have a date when their position is eliminated and yet others have been offered lower positions and the lower pay that goes with it.
I had hoped I was safe, but I finally got the call into the office late yesterday. My position will be eliminated this fall. The surprise is that I will not be out of work, in fact, I will be getting a raise and a promotion to move to a different, if less desireable, department (pending two tests I have to take that I should pass easily - knock wood). Well now, I certainly did not expect that!
Actually, I am not very pleased. Oh, I'm happy that I'm not out the door and have to look for another job, but I was happier in my present department, with the work and the people, than I have been in a long time. And now things will be different. I must be doing very well for them to want to keep me, as my wife says, yet it is still upsetting for me. I'm not just sad for myself losing the great situation that I'm in now, I'm sad for all these people that I know and care about losing their jobs or having to accept demotions. I will still be with the company at a higher level and with more pay, and after being in the new job for six months I can start applying for other positions that open up that better suit me. Meanwhile other good, hard working people will have to start all over again and I think that sucks.
More Planting - More plants arrived on Friday and Kate planted them the same night. It was a busy weekend so I'm finally posting about it. I had her draw me up a map so ...
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