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One day you may need a workplace reference. If you slack off at the end that is how you'll be remembered. It is only a few more months, so keep on keeping on and take notes now for a possible exit interview; that interview could really make you stand out if you have valuable and constructive suggestions for your employer. This may not be what you want to hear right now, but it is something to think about. Again, it is only a few more months.
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self employed, no retirement, no benefits...so I have been semi retired all my life, now retiring would be nice but no cigar....retirement is going to be the ride from work to the morgue in the ambulance.
So I work, I do good work and I sail, I take good cruises and life is good.
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For me,,Work was sailing . Building,repair and maintenance on mine and others was entertainment. Some health issue comes along quick enough and gets your attention. Then you deal with that too. Lots of time.
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Interesting thread. Me, 55 and 7 years to go. I do like (not love) my job because I work from home and travel occasionally but I love to travel and see new places and the Fortune 100 company I work for treats me very well. Married 25 years and have 3 daughters in college. Have been saving for retirement ever since my military days late 70's early 80's. I truly am thankful to have a job period in today's world. I think I would go at 58 but everything changes when you have kids in college....it's all about responsibility. If I was single I think I would have retired at 50. IF one has saved somewhat of a nest egg, retirement age ALL DEPENDS on how you want to live. I could easily live on a sailboat for $3000/month.

I have always thought life is backwards...we should get a million after high school and start work when we hit 65. It's a** backwards.

Now if I was that new Powerball winner just an hour and a half from me in Michigan who will take home a cool 197 million after tax, well then....I would call into work the day after I got the millions and ask them where they would like their company car dropped off and their laptop & phone shipped.

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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.

After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.
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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.
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As far as giving notice to quit your job - I gave my employer 5 months notice. They appreciate it because it gives them time to plan for my departure. so no bridges burned and as someone else said, there remains opportunity to consult to the company in the future. It also means that if they wanted me to leave sooner, they can only do it by paying me until the end of my notice - else it's an unfair labor practice.
My neighbor gave his employer about two months notice when he decided to move on....They told him to pack up immediately. Sometimes it doesn't pay to be nice....
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yeah it's funny most businesses are willing to treat their employees like complete crap and other employees see it happen. than they turn around and tell employees they should "take ownership" hep the co find cost savings, ask you to give up vacation for co etc.
then they wonder why people don't always want to do that.

what absolutely blows my mind though is the folks who give everything up for a co that they know, will take them off at the knees in a minute if they feel the need.

personally I have always thought those were the folks who didn't feel qualified in their job. thought they couldn't get another job etc.

I leave my resume out constantly and never turn down a chance to talk to a perspective new employer. if they have a good offer, I'm gone.
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Only one person is in control of whether one is "happy" or "satisfied" with their life.

Disappointments are inevitable, but satisfaction is not a temporary condition...it's a product of one's mindset.

A person who is dissatisfied in their situation needs to first look at himself, then at his environment.

We have a lot of control, and can influence our environment in major ways without changing our location or amount of jingle in the pocket.

Life is what you make it...

Of course, I may be wrong...

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you seem like a guy who could stand to read about the Just World Hypothesis. Wikipedia is your friend.

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