Hi and welcome back!
It’s official…..I only have 45 days left at my six figure job.
I wanted to bring you up to speed on what has transpired since my last post.
Sometimes life has a way of taking care of things when you least expect it. Things happen for a reason! It seems that my employer failed to clearly understand exactly what I do for them. Here’s the deal….. I am not the type of person that runs around bragging about what I accomplish everyday. I simply do my job and move on to the next task. So I can only assume that my employer underestimated my value.
I have started a list of all of the “tasks” that I do on a regular basis and presented my preliminary findings to them last week. The shock and horror on their faces was priceless. I should have been wearing a go-pro to capture the moment….. because I made sure to tell them that it was just a “preliminary” list and that the full list would be presented at the end of February. You could have heard a pin drop in the room.
You could see the “Oh Shit!” plastered on their faces!
Later in the week I had a one on one with my Director. She seemed overly nice and accommodating considering her cold demeanor when she delivered her “your position is being eliminated” speech at the end of December. I would soon find out why the sudden change of heart.
She started with a sweet tone and began to explain to me that she had not fully understood the magnitude of my contributions to the organization. I sat quietly staring directly into her eyes waiting for the next sentence. She then went on to ask me if I would be willing to stay longer as the company would not be prepared to handle my tasks by their original layoff date of March 15.
I once again sat quietly for what felt like FOREVER….but it was actually about 3 seconds and then I said to her…..
Let me think about it (pausing for 2 seconds) and then responded “No”.
She quickly replied “Pardon me?”
And I quickly replied again with a firm “No”
She then began to ramble on about how she would have to stay at work until midnight in order to do her job and mine. I silently watched her as she had an emotional meltdown in front of me. Could I save her? Sure I could. Was I going to save her? Hell NO!
After her 20 minute rant about how crappy “her” life would be at the office after I leave in March, I looked at her and said….”Clearly the only person you care about is you. You are a very selfish person and I could care less at this point if you crash and burn. You had no problem throwing me up on the chopping block in December in order to “save your job” so now you are wanting me to feel sorry for you? I don’t think so.”
Now some of you may read this and think I’m crazy for not taking them up on their offer. I can understand if that crosses your mind because it crossed mine too. However, I have already set plans in motion to do some things that are important to me, so their offer seemed empty and shallow. It also appeared to be an offer to “use me a little longer” in order to ease the pain of them making a poor decision.
Well not today my friends! Not today!
I have plans, plans that do not include them…or even another job at this point. As I stated in my other posts, I am getting a really, really nice severance agreement (which I fought for) and by gosh I plan to enjoy a little time off.
I want to focus on my blog, spend some time with my family, write letters to my son who will be leaving to serve our country in the United States Navy at the end of February and last but not least, work on my side hustle!
I could have been bitter and upset about my position being eliminated but instead I decided to embrace it for what it is.
I could have also looked for ways to sabatoge them on my way out but I didn’t. I took the high road and have kept a good attitude. The thought that sings in my head every time I find out they are trying to stab me in the back during my last days with the company is this…… What goes around comes around! And in this case, that has absolutely proven to be true.
I don’t need to “pay them back” for being so incredibly unprofessional to me during this time. Like I mentioned earlier, life has a way of taking care of things. So just remember…..
Who knows….this might just turn into another “Side Hustle” for me. Maybe I will be a part time consultant for them and make a “pretty penny” off of the deal!
Either way, there is one thing I know for sure. I look forward to walking through the door of the unknown even if it may be a little scary. I have faith that everything will be just fine!
If you are going through this right now……stay strong, keep the faith and know that things happen for a reason.
Until next time my friends, Christie