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I've been laid off

July 12th, 2016 at 08:46 am

Unexpectedly, my boss's boss asked to meet with me this morning. She was traveling to another CT office so I assumed she wanted to take advantage of her time her to get some face time with me since I rarely see her, much less talk to her.

I was feeling nervous about what the call might be about. We spoke on the phone and when she said an HR person so and so was on the call, I knew it was bad. Got the usual talk about restructuring, etc. I know at least 2 others who were also let go.

My last day is July 29; I'll get 8 weeks of severance after signing an agreement, which I think is pretty fair since I've only been perm there for about 2 years.

This sucks.

The very first person I told was the heating oil delivery guy as he happened to arrive right after the phone call. He patted me on the shoulder and said I would be fine. Then I called my dad and after that I sent out 4 emails to my old boss and 3 coworkers I like very much.

28 Responses to “I've been laid off”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    It sure does suck! I'm so sorry this has happened to you.

  2. Michelle Says:

    So sorry this happened. Can you also sign up for unemployment benefits? Even if your severance offsets it. I certainly would. And ask about COBRA, if needed. Take care of yourself

  3. Laura S. Says:

    This is a shock! I am sorry. I was just thinking of you too as I booked my son's ticket to Hartford to see his dad.

  4. PatientSaver Says:

    Yes, I can file for unemployment, but I won't be able to start collecting til 8 weeks later, on account of the severance, which is treated just like regular pay. I also play on taking advantage of COBRA because I know it's a decent plan and it would be no more expensive (I don't think) than what I'd pay via Affordable Care Act.

    It's time to brush off the resume etc etc.

  5. Kiki Says:

    Oh no, I am so very sorry.

    I hope that if you look for another position it is convenient to home life, has a good work-life balance and come quickly for you!

    Will you qualify for unemployment? How will the cobra be for your health care?

  6. PatientSaver Says:

    Laura, it still hasn't quite sunk in yet. Still feeling disbelief. Also feel sad. They've actually called a meeting (via phone, as we're in different locations) this afternoon to announce the layoffs. This is how they always do it.

    Just a few days ago I spent about $75 on organic fresh produce at Whole Foods. I've really enjoyed having plenty of money ever since I got this job, and especially since I paid off my mortgage back in 2012. The easy spending mode will have to put aside though. I'm just glad I got to frame so many of my mother's matted art pieces, becus I certainly can't justify that now, at about $90 per piece.

  7. househopeful Says:

    So sorry to hear about the layoff. The severence will help offset the adjustment period, I hope. I know you planned on working for (forgive my awful memory at the moment), 2-3 years more. Will you absolutely be looking to still stay the workforce or will you consider retirement?

  8. Carol Says:

    So sorry to hear this news! I'm sure you'll be in shock for a while. Take care of yourself!

  9. Petunia 100 Says:

    Oh no! So sorry to hear this. Frown

  10. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Oh, foo! I'm so sorry. Really....It touches me that the delivery guy offered a kind word of encouragement. I picture that and tell the universe to retroactively send my empathy through his hand while he touches your shoulder.

  11. AnotherReader Says:

    I would certainly tell then that if the situation improves, you would be very happy to do contract work for them on an hourly basis. You don't know how long it will take you to find another job and you can always do this as a side job.

    The cost of ACA insurance is unfortunately age based. COBRA for as long as it lasts might be the best option.

  12. PatientSaver Says:

    Thanks, AnotherReader. The bank has so many job openings (much less so for writers), that it's not at all unusual for people to be let go or leave voluntarily and then be rehired, but as a contractor with no benefits. But I would just have to browse their job openings and apply, like anyone else.

    I wasn't aware that ACA insurance is age-based. Good to know, and reinforces my initial thoughts to stick with employer plan as long as possible.

  13. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Good luck and I'm sorry to hear about the layoff. Do you need to work?

  14. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Good luck and I'm sorry to hear about the layoff. Do you need to work? Can you just retire?

  15. scfr Says:

    I'm very sorry to hear it.

  16. NJDebbie Says:

    PatientSaver, I'm so sorry that you are going through this. ((HUGS))

  17. Joe Says:

    Sorry to hear this, but you are in great financial shape. Relax, take some time off and I'm sure things will work out fine for you.

  18. LuckyRobin Says:

    Oh, that's awful. I'm sorry to hear it and hope you find something else quickly.

  19. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Oh no, so very sorry! I was reading your work gripes post this morning while on the train and totally did not see this coming. Good luck with finding new work. I also like Another Reader's idea of contracting. What a pain though. Best of luck.

  20. Rachael777 Says:

    Sorry to hear that. take a break.. do something good for yourself. even if it costs money and then continue on. you can do it you have done so well and we enjoy reading your progress.. ((hugs))

  21. MonkeyMama Says:

    Bummer!

  22. starfishy Says:

    ugh - so sorry to hear this news. Frown good luck to you while figuring out next steps.

  23. Bluebird Says:

    So sorry to hear this. I'm sure you'll find something soon! Sending good vibes your way!

  24. Jenn Says:

    While it's an unfortunate event, you're going to be fine. Thank goodness you didn't drive to the office. That would have been a waste of your time and energy.

  25. scottish girl Says:

    I'm so sorry to hear this.

  26. Dido Says:

    So sorry to hear this. Heartfelt best wishes that whatever is next will be a silver lining to what surely feels like a dark cloud. Hugs.

  27. rob62521 Says:

    So sorry to learn this.

  28. crazyliblady Says:

    So sorry this is happening to you. At least you are getting a nice severance. And you still have no debt, right? If so, you are better off than most. Good luck with the job hunt. What is your field? Perhaps if we see any ads for that type of job, we could send you a note.

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