Living Dangerously

I met an old friend recently whose organization will go through a rationalization process in a few months time. He is of the same age as I am and has had a long working experience throughout his life.

Rationalization.

Right sizing.

Down sizing.

Retrenchment.

Different words, same meaning.

They also give the same effect to everyone who is affected by the process. My friend wondered for how long more will he be able to cling to his job? At this age, college fees are spoken in the same breath as in second morgage, car loans, higher insurance premium and savings for old age.

Take away one key component from this imaginary security called “monthly cheque security”, you are in deep shit. Infact it will be deeper if you are just barely recovering from the post divorce trauma and re building your life. The shit gets deep pile high too if your spouse is a Home Director.

So, back to my old friend. He is calm about all these but I also know that he is doing something about himself during these uncertain times, which is good as he still gets to see his paycheque for next few months.

Living The Day And More

The Teenager stopped working at the pet store. She didnt like the job. I didnt like her working there too. I dont think I’d be happy working there either. Some jobs just suck more than others. She has started working in a fashion retail shop for the past few days. Thinks she will last longer there but I just hope that their HR department could live up to whatever they are suppose to do i.e. issuing the employment letter!

There we were at 1 am on the sofa a few weeks ago. Tired Teenager wanted to discuss about her terms of employment. Me the tired mama wanted to help by giving out suggestions on how to go about. As much as I wanted to help, I kept on telling myself that I should allow her to make that move herself so she can learn. But today’s story makes me think twice. All of the other employees have yet to receive their employment letters too and they didnt think they can do anything about it.

On the other hand, I can do something.