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Job Stability

Job stability is always an issue.  I don’t care who, what, when or where you work — job stability should always be lurking in the back of your mind.  It’s on my mind right now for several reasons.

  1.  My first review and goal-setting is coming up.  When I look into 2020, I have things that will keep me barely occupied.  Not enough in my estimation.  2021 has some good projects but not too earth-shattering for my position.
  2. My company is about to lay off some folks.  It’s a group that hasn’t been producing income.  Gulp.
  3. I finally got the overdue money from Maggie & Co.  This will help my IRS bill fortunately.  I have to chat with my accountant before I go crazy and send the IRS a big payment, but I’m looking forward to it.

I have mentioned to my boss twice that I “still have some capacity” for additional work.  She hasn’t come up with anything extra for me. I would like to stretch and be busier than I am, but after two mentions it is time for me to shut up.  Sometimes I am just sitting  reading the NY Times or some online BS.  I hate that.  I am just not a person who enjoys being paid to do nothing.  It worries me.

Granted, this is a brand new role and they haven’t had someone in it.  I have worked on several things and have some other long-term projects that I can pick at, but there really isn’t a tremendous work flow.  At least not a work volume that I am accustomed to.  I am not too worried.  My boss seems to like me tremendously and I have won over my admin (remember, she was the one who ignored me for the first 30-45 days).

Perhaps this goal-setting review process will help, but I have never seen those exercises produce any meaningful insights.  For now, I will revel in a steady paycheck, a 10 minute commute and great health insurance.  Hopefully I will get my financial house in order quickly and be ready for whatever comes next.  I am very, very grateful for what I have. When I added up my Maggie & Co income, it would not have sustained me this year.  Yes, I am very fortunate for this second chance.  Thank you!

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Comments on: "Job Stability" (9)

  1. Try not to stress too much.

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  2. I, of course, remember when job security was pretty much a given; you’d either have to be an idiot to lose a job or you just decided that a job wasn’t for you and you could easily move on. Today, no job is safe and more so since employers embraced the “do more with less” business model and someone figured out that, say, paying a 40-year-old $100,000 a year (not counting other benefits) could be avoided by hiring younger people for a lot less even though those younger folks wouldn’t have the necessary level of experience – and despite college degrees.

    I know that whenever I felt I wasn’t getting enough work to “secure” my position – and to keep me occupied – I’d use my review to let my bosses know that I wanted more work, more responsibility and sometimes I had my own ideas for projects that would, if nothing else, ensure my security and keep me from getting bored silly.

    I think you did a good thing by speaking up about this; most people won’t.

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    • Thanks – I’m going into my first review and have been asked for several SMART goals. It will be interesting…

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      • Good luck – hang in there! Sometimes, employers recognize the talent… but not act on it right away so don’t give up hope in this, okay?

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      • I am not going anywhere! I just had my first presentation to the CEO today. He like what I did very much, so that made my boss (and me) very happy!

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      • Congrats! Ah, I remember the first time a company president explicitly asked me to do something for him (and the division) and he actually came to my desk to ask me instead of passing his request through channels.

        I had a sudden urge to go to the bathroom. He told me what he needed, made it clear that out of all the people who worked for him, he knew I was the only one for the job he had in mind… then asked me to do it… and like I was gonna tell him no or that I couldn’t.

        The end of the story was that he was impressed and only told me later that what he had me do played into a major business decision and that my work made it work beyond his expectations.

        The middle of the story was how many days and nights I worked on this and being afraid of screwing the pooch; make a “mistake” with my supervisors? Yeah, I can handle that… but a corporate president? Sure – no pressure.

        And even though I didn’t expect or even think about it, I was rewarded handsomely and we were like work buddies; he’d stop by my desk just to talk about something… and my peers would be shocked and not a bit jealous that I was on a first-name basis with the president of our business segment.

        Good feeling for me, made my bosses happy, too.

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      • That’s a great story! You are fortunate your bosses weren’t jealous or intimidated by the direct interaction. Not everyone is that comfortable. Today was a big deal. My presentation required a very significant outlay of money, time and commitment by the company. I am enjoying a celebratory glass of wine.

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      • If they were, I didn’t know or care, ya know? And, again, congrats!

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