Originally Posted by killarney_sailor
I was retired and my wife was working an IT job in Jersey City for a big financial company. We lived onboard at Liberty Landing. June survived the first five sets of layoffs after the financial collapse and we were planning to head off sailing in 18 months. It was a good system. She made money and I spent it on the boat. Then one April morning she called to tell me to pick her up on the sidewalk in front of the company - she had been pink-slipped at least with a package. I guess the company, which never actually lost money, needed her pay to pay for the CEO's super maxi with the company name on it. The folks at Liberty Landing were nice us enough to let us off our dockage contract (about$10k) that had just started and we were off cruising. It way a late spring and we were about the only boat anchored in various places on Long Island installing solar panels and a Monitor.
been through a lay off that was similar myself. now days people think I'm selfish as I work for me. that is not to say self employed, I work for a company but I give them no special loyalty at all. if they didn't pay me I wouldn't be here. I don't own the product and the damn doors won't bolt shut if I don't show up.
when I'm sick I take a sick day, when I need a break I take a vacation and I don't feel one damn bit guilty about it.
Funny we announced being moved out of country this week. Many here are working harder than ever. I guess they feel as though if they perk up now the co will notice and take them with. or maybe not close at all, because the co cares about them......
big business doesn't give a hoot about you, your family, or how well you performed the last few weeks. references are basically allowed to ask one question. "would you hire this person back" if you have a skill they need and you did your job the answer will be yes.
we are basically in the midst of a volatile situation here. will we be let go, will we be kept........
funny I have been asked by a few what I will do. I am the oldest in my dept.......
not old enough to sail off just yet, but not sure I will remain in this industry. kids are grown, money in the bank, I have made my "mark" if this comes to an end I think I will be finding a job. just a job.