Mar 23 2010

That Happened

Where have I been? Well, I’ve been unsuccessfully dealing with mostly losing my job, that’s where.

I thought I was dealing with it well, but not so much, as it turns out. I’m sad, I’m bitter, I’m angry. It’s strange- just a short while ago I was trying to figure out how I could quit and stay with the kids. We decided that we couldn’t really afford it, but I wished it could happen. But it’s different when the loss of a job is not by choice.

Technically, I was not fired. I was placed on “on-call” status, but it still amounts to no paycheck, so it still feels a lot like being fired. The company is having a bit of trouble, and they reacted, as they always do, by firing everyone who was deemed “non-essential.” How they could view their marketing department as non-essential baffles me, but taking the long-view is not really this company’s strength, either.

So now I’m looking around. Though they say that they would like to get me working again as soon as possible, I’m tired of working for a company who clearly has such a poor appreciation for marketing and a company who is so willing to fuck around with my life. We live paycheck to paycheck in the best months. We have no savings cushion. While that’s not this company’s fault, exactly, I also can’t live with this kind of uncertainty. I have kids to feed and a mortgage to pay.

6 Comments

  • By ticknart, March 23, 2010 @ 5:48 pm

    I am sad and angry and wish that I was an ass kicker instead of what I am. (Which, I sure is nothing compared to what you and your hubby are feeling right now.)

  • By admin, March 23, 2010 @ 6:14 pm

    John reacted by working all the following weekend to prove that they were firing the wrong people! My darling white knight, the defender of justice, wielding his statistics and analysis.

  • By sizzle, March 24, 2010 @ 4:03 pm

    Ugh! I’m sorry. That is so stressful. I hope a better job is on the horizon for you- one that respects your work.

  • By Jessica B., March 24, 2010 @ 11:24 pm

    So sorry Dani! I’m dealing with the same thing, just in slo-mo. I’m on the cut list in a couple of months. It feels terribly unfair, as my dept is cutting all of the line staff and no managers. Anyway, you might look into unemployment benefits, even at this point. You can get some help if your hours have been reduced below 1/2 time, even if you haven’t lost your job completely. http://www.edd.ca.gov.

  • By em, March 28, 2010 @ 12:54 am

    I’m so sorry, that really sucks. I hate this economy so much. A bunch of my friends and I are currently unemployed and searching but no luck so far. It’s just awful out there.

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