I passed a few milestones since my last post- I turned 50 and DH & I also celebrated 30 years of marriage! Unfortunately I’ve also been quite sick for a few weeks so I was confined to bed for both occasions. I’ve been diagnosed with another chronic health problem, one that makes mobilising difficult and painful at times. It’s another reminder of how much I want to be out of debt. I feel very vulnerable physically and financially at the moment!
I went back to work last week and one of my managers wanted to meet with me. Now this manager has been here two years and never wanted to meet with me before. It’s a 2 hour trip from his office to mine so I was worried that I was in strife for so much sick leave. But not the case! He gave me a clear message that although he doesn’t know for sure, it’s looking very likely that our section will be deleted in the second half of 2013. I appreciated his frankness and forewarning. He also wants to move me to another area in new year, one that will mean a lot less travel for me, which would be wonderful! So if he can get approval that would start in January and it would make a big difference for me.
It’s no surprise that we could lose our jobs, we’ve known that for a while now. But it feels different after this week. I also attended two (long) meetings this week about exactly what our section does and why should it be retained in stead of outsourced. It’s changed from a suspicion that we might go to open discussion about why we should stay. I am a realist and I believe that they will outsource the work we do. I am not going to stress out trying to save our jobs. I’d rather put the effort into planning ahead.
So I am rethinking what we do with the next 26 pay packets left in the current financial year and we are going to try and get the renovations finished before July 2013 instead of paying extra into the mortgage as we originally planned. I know I probably seem to change my mind a lot but all I can do is roll with the punches!
What would you do if you were pretty certain your were going to lose your job in six months?