Posted on : 14-03-2010 | By : Orion | In : Observations, Thoughts for the Better
Tags: Layoffs, linkedin, Unemployed
Some may not have heard the news but on March 1st I and some 2400 others were informed that short of finding another job within the company, our services would no longer be needed come the end of March. Events like this have become something of a biannual event at the company for the past three or more years. Till now each time it happened I’d be one of the growing few to get a call from management saying we were “safe” this round. The habit had become to wait about an hour then start calling or IM’ing friends I’ve worked with through the years to see if any of them had been hit in the “Resource Action” as it’s called.
So it really wasn’t that much of a surprise really. I had been mentally prepared for this day and to tell the truth took it much better then my manager who delivered the blow. At the end of the big reveal all I did really was quote back what has become the company’s de facto corporate creed – “It Is What It Is.” Now my final days amount to what can be described as paid administrative leave where I wrap up my job related tasks from the comfort of home.
Times like these they say to look at the bright side. Truth is there’s tons of stuff on that side too.
Since it all went down on the 1st of the month I hadn’t purchased my monthly commuter pass. Man, it would have sucked if the hammer had come down on the 2nd. What a difference a day makes!
I can cook dinner! Ok, I haven’t yet but I can and will.
I no longer have to rush three wee ones in the morning, drive like I’m trying to make the field for Sunday’s NASCAR Race, all for the sake of catching the right train. Though I pride myself as an excellent driver there are less scared people on the road now. Flip side is I’m sure the guy behind me wishes I’d go at least a little faster. :-)
I get to enjoy my kids! Gone for now is reality that when they saw me after school it meant bedtime was about an hour away. Think about it. Last month the weekdays meant I got something like 4 hours to interact with them. If you don’t know I have three between 6yrs and 18mos. Of the four hours nearly two involved mornings rushing them to get up, dressed, fed, and out the door to the car for school/daycare or evenings getting them fed, changed, and ready for bed. 45 minutes was used to focus on the road. Not much play time at all.
If we spot something during the ride to school/daycare of interest we actually can stop and really have a look. Thus far it’s been firetrucks, police cars, and thoroughbred horses training.
I can clean up around the house!! (See #2 for details on this)
Here’s a big one – I’m. Not. Tired. Heck, I’m even getting more done!
Last but hardly least…
8. I have gotten awesome support and encouragement from friends and family.
Sure, I’ll need to work again. Even if my numbers hit (4 8 15 16 23 42) I’ll likely be one of several thousands waiting in line to collect their share of the jackpot. I’m not spending all my time basking in the glow of the Bright Side and have dusted off the mechanisms of finding employment. I also know I’ll look back at these between employment days/month with longing so why now make the most of them now. So if you’ll excuse me, I’ve been asked to pick my piece for Candy Land.
Oh, and if you can hold off playing my numbers for a few months, just in case, that would be great too. Thanks.