Being Laid Off is ……..

……Is not as bad as I thought it would be. Back in February we were told that we were on the block to be out-sourced. Of course we were not happy with the news, but the company had the right to do what they wanted. A little background on my former job, I worked for a major bank for over six years. The bank accrued a burden that they claim they didn’t know would have as many problems as it did. Well, it did, in 2008 when everything went under, so did the reputation of the company, their stock, and customers. Four years later, they still have not been able to be the bank they once was, so, in an effort to save themselves some money they decided last year they would lay off over 30,000 employees. We never thought we would be on the chopping block because we were always praised for our outstanding performance, well, it just goes to show you just because you are the best doesn’t make you exempt from anything.

In June, when I came back from a two week vacation I got the sit down and the final word, we were being outsourced. However, it was still a battle but I won’t speak on that.

September 28 was my last day of work and honestly, I am okay with it. Of course I need a job, I still have bills, but I am currently getting severance and I’m not really in the biggest rush to find one. I have been working since I was 17 non-stops and I just need this little break.

That job caused me a lot of health problems. Stress was the biggest factor there when it came to health. Because I was working with a lot of money that wasn’t mine, getting everything right the first time is the number one priority. Yes mistakes happen, but these mistakes could cost you your raise and/or your job. So efficiency was the biggest thing. Now I don’t have to worry about handling anyone else’s money but my own. Not only that, I don’t have to stand on my feet all day anymore. Standing on my feet all day, five days a week has really messed up my feet. The heel on my left foot has collapsed; I put all my weight on my right foot therefore it has cause my right heel to experience inflammation. Now, my feet do not bother me as much as it once did. I am currently taking care of fixing what has been broke for six years. It’s a process but it is getting done.

Another reason I am happy I’ve been laid off is because I don’t have to put up for immature, fake, and crazy co-workers. I am an introverted person and can be very quiet. I have always been since I was a kid. My mom always says that I would always find my own fun without the help of other people or my siblings. She didn’t really have to worry about me being bored because I could find my own fun. That has definitely translated into now. I can be around people, but I can only be around people for a little while before I want to break away and be on my own. It has nothing to do with other people, sometimes, but I just like more time for myself than I do with other people. That’s me. Anyway, the people I worked with were very immature and nosy to the tenth power. If you didn’t associate with some of them you were a bitch, mean, stuck, etc. you get the picture. I’m an observing so if I see acting in a way that I’m not fond of, most likely I am not going to deal with you or I will in moderation. However, when I started working there, they never extended themselves to me as well. In fact when I met some of them they were very rude and nasty to me so first impressions are lasting ones. But, these people (the women mostly) will try hard to pry into your life if you don’t tell them anything. I’m glad that I was a very private person because those people were vicious. I was actually the youngest person working there and I was the most mature one.

The last reason I am happy I got laid off because I get to go on vacation pretty much anytime I want. I don’t have to check with my group leader to see if I can take the day off. Last weekend I took a day trip to Orlando with my family; Halloween Horror Nights at Universal and Sea World. We had a lot of fun and I didn’t have to think about Monday morning. This weekend my sister, her girlfriend, my mom, and I will be visiting the beautiful islands of the Bahamas, we have family there as well so this is going to be nice. There are a lot of other things that I am going to do that I couldn’t do when I had a full time job.

I want to take the rest of the month off, but I always want to start looking for something else. Like I said, I still have bills. I plan on getting a part time job because I will be graduating in May and plan on moving to Orlando or Tampa soon after that. For now, I am enjoying the little vacation.

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2 thoughts on “Being Laid Off is ……..

  1. Enjoy it! the month is going to go by so fast. I know you are loving the freedom right now. I long for that. Maybe you’ll be able to find a job where you don’t have to stand all the time.

    • I know, the last two weeks went by fast. I think I am going to start looking for a job next week. I’m getting a little bored, lol.

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