Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Times...they are a changing

Well today it happened. As it does every year where I work, the talking heads upstairs feel they must rearrange people to see if things will work better. This year because of the recession it has been an even greater blow and change to us all. This once was a family run company, but the founder has passed. Her children do not have anything to do with day to day run of things letting those they’ve appointed run it all. I guess as long as the money still goes into their bank accounts they’re good.
Many people here have worked for 15 years or more and turnover is rare. This last year many have left due to a company offer to take early retirement or a “leave now with benefits” offer. The benefits being several weeks paid based on tenure. Some jumped at that chance, others were “encouraged”. Now those who did not take that “encouragement” seriously are being told to find other positions within the company (there is nothing) or flat out told to gather their things and leave.
Yes, yes I am grateful for my job as it pays well and I’m able to support my family since my husband lost his job. But it is no longer exciting and I no longer love it or this company as I once did. I know it could be worse but right now I really envy those who are doing what they love and getting paid for it.
My colleagues will be sorely missed (didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to some) and I know they will eventually find peace and embrace this opportunity to start a new chapter in their lives. The rest of us will continue to nervously trudge along until new changes are deemed necessary and hope for the best.


Kerri said...

Hi. Stopping by from SITS.

I hope things start looking up for you.

Before having children I worked at a company for 5 years and every year things changed so much that by the time I was faced with the decision to stay in the work force or stay at home with the kiddos...the choice was clear.

The job I had loved didn't even exist anymore. The people I started the job with had all moved on.

Change isn't always welcome but I think there's always something to learn from it!

Good luck to you.

Joycee said...

Bless your heart. The same thing is happening in my husband's job. Not the same company that he went to work for 28 years ago. We are about 5 years from retirement and live pretty careful. I am an old time cook, we have homemade everything. Last night was enchiladas, I even make the chili gravy. Stay strong and you will find a way!