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Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Put on layoff alert
Recently my boss called me to her room and told me that my job is vulnerable and I could be laid-off any day unless things change for better for the firm. We already have had a couple of rounds of layoffs, so the news wasn't exactly shocking although it still hit me a bit when my boss told me about it.

As usual, the reason was to cut costs. As I have been working part-time since last few years, I am all the more vulnerable even though for all intent and purposes I have been carrying full time load. My boss also agreed and wants to keep me. During the conversation with me, my boss suddenly thought that the Dept Manager probably doesn't realize that I am working part-time and there won't be much savings by laying me off. She spoke with her immediate supervisor who told her that that's probably true but she should still tell me that my job is vulnerable. Personally, I feel that if there isn't enough work, our firm should implement furloughs or reduce the work hours of all full-time employees as many other firms are doing but then the Manager probably doesn't read the Wall street Journal and isn't aware of such great strategies :-)

Ever since my boss told me about potential layoff, I go to the office every day thinking that this is the last day at work. So far, fortunately, I still have a job although from my side, I have fully emptied my cubicle so that I can leave it as soon as I found out that I am let go. Unlike other employees at work whose layoffs we found out days after they had been let go, I already told some of close friends at work about it and exchanged contact info just in case they find out that they haven't seen me at work for a few days.

My spouse's company has also had layoffs, so his job is vulnerable too. But fortunately, we try to live within our means and have been through layoffs before, so believe that even if we get laid-off, we will be fine. Our main concern is always related to the health insurance but I have been reading that with the recent changes to law passed by President Obama, the COBRA premiums have been subsidized and become more affortable - so that's a good thing. Hopefully, we will both keep our jobs but if not, I know that this time too shall pass and we will come out stronger and better from this experience.
posted by Ruby @ 7:22 AM  
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