This time last year I had pretty much settled with myself when I was going to retire — and I wasn’t keeping it a secret!
There was some question about waiting to see what would happen with the so-called alignment that no one seemed to know much of anything about –other than that those who wanted a job would have a job. There was talk that some people would get some sort of severance package.
“Don’t you want to wait around for the package? ” I was asked more than once.
The answer to that was easy. “No.”
If I had thought that there was a chance I would get one, it might have been different. However, in almost every other situation where packages had been offered in the past — whether it was called it reduction-in-workforce, down-sizing, right-sizing, or some other kind of sizing — the group I was in had only gotten offered packages once or twice. Even then, it had been a very limited offering to only a couple of people out of a hundred or so.
Back then that was great for me, because I wasn’t close enough to retirement that it was feasible for me to take a package. With so few offered, it represented job security for the rest of us.
So was retiring the right choice — rather than waiting to see if there would be a package offered?
The alignment process was very secretive and took much, much longer than advertised.
If I had stayed thinking that I would know something in the next month or two, I would have been disappointed. I essentially left work on January 15 when I went on vacation. I wouldn’t have found out about my job until October, nine months later.
And then, it looks like I was right about the severance packages. None were offered to the group I was in.
Perhaps if those of us who retired earlier this year had stayed, then there might have been packages. If there were, chances are that they would have been offered to someone else and I’d still have a job.
I didn’t want a job.
Since the odds weren’t very good in my favor, I retired.