40 Years Does Not Equal Forever
Last year one of my co-workers got recognized for her many years of service. Every year, the company celebrates service milestones, 5, 10, 15, 20 years of service and the list goes on. My co-worker logged 40 years!
I am mixed about how I feel about this. Initially, I thought she was extremely loyal and lucky to have found a place to work so long. However, on second thought was she not daring enough to try new things? Did she not move on because she could not? In any case, I thought at least she is set until retirement. How can anyone touch a person who’s been somewhere for 40 years?
A few months later, her position was eliminated. Initially you would think how cold and heartless the company is. However, to be fair, she was mistake prone and generated additional work for the already overworked team.
Before, I was the ultimate company man. Do what you are told. Earn a decent and respectable living. Get out of my way, this worker bee has a job to do! However, this event reminded me that if you work for someone, there are no guarantees. Your position could be eliminated at any time. The “be thankful you have a job” mindset may not be the best way to go. With a mortgage and extra mouths to feed, I need to explore alternatives. Putting all your eggs in one basket is too risky for me. On top of that, it looks like 40 years isn’t what it used to be.