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.
- 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.
- My company is about to lay off some folks. It’s a group that hasn’t been producing income. Gulp.
- 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!