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I may be losing my job tomorrow!

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I have worked at this company for 21 years as an IT Support Specialist. Today we received an email invite to an offsite meeting tomorrow at 3:00 pm. It is a mandatory meeting. Well, that was not such a big deal except we were given just a little more than 24 hrs. notice. That seemed very strange. Well I began getting phone calls from others in the department in other states and they also received an invite to an offsite meeting in their area.

 

My boss does not have a clue what it is about and his boss will not take any phone calls from him. His boss then sent an email stating that he cannot discuss the details of the meeting and all must attend. He must be notified by email only if someone cannot attend. WTF! They have been trying so hard to save money so it didn't make sense that they would hurriedly schedule meetings at hotels in several states for a meeting to tell us we are doing good. They have cut back so much that out trash is only picked up three times per week and the toilet paper is so thin you have to use an entire roll! Why then would they spend money to reserve hotel meeting rooms?

 

I think they are planning to outsource our services. We are onsite IT repair and provide exceptional service to our customers. When they have a computer related issue, we are right on it.

 

Just to be on the safe side, I started packing up all of my personal stuff in and on my desk. I have a feeling that when we are told tomorrow, we will not be allowed back in the building to collect our stuff. Since we are IT, they will not allow us anywhere near the systems.

 

This would be such a lovely wedding present as we have been married only 17 days. My husband (sounds funny) is only working part time and going to school. Ok, I know I am projecting but it just seems like common sense that this is a layoff scheme. In the past, they have had layoffs Tues-Thurs only.

 

I know that I will get about 6 months of severence pay, but man 21 years and this is my retirement gift?

 

I'm not going to worry but I will update you tomorrow. I should know by 5:00. Keep your fingers crossed that it works out ok.

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I am so sorry you are having to stress over this. That is kind of strange about the meetings, I hate that so many companies are laying off right now. Two of my BMs are now without jobs because of layoffs in the past month.

 

Lets project that this isn't the reason for the meeting! I'll keep you in my thoughts. Please keep us updated.

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Keeping my fingers crossed for you...having been through a couple of lay-offs in the past, I know it's stressful until you know for sure...keep us posted.

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Hey, I also wanted to say that as a female IT expert you are highly marketable! My FSIL took a new job about a month ago as an IT mgr and got a huge pay raise.. when you are in a company for a long time you end up making out on benefits but don't get raises to keep up with industry standards. And her company is still hiring and having a hard time finding qualified individuals... so don't fret yet!

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Oh no! I know there are a lot of us who are worried about job security with the economy and upcoming election. My fingers are definitely crossed for you. Please keep us posted ... and make sure you polish up that resume just in case, b/c it sounds like your experience is priceless!

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