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  • I had planned on retiring at my last job. That is, until they laid off our entire department and closed it. When I interviewed for my current job I was asked how long I plan to stay. That is, it was expressed to me they would like to hire someone who planned on staying. That was three years ago almost to the day.

    Right now I feel like I'm working on the Titanic without a life raft. I've had four immediate supervisors in that time and I'm not real hopeful about my current one. Honestly, when there's that much turn around you just start to ignore what they say to you. Yada, yada, been there, done that.

    The area department head left this year and things started going down hill. A number of employees have left for greener pastures (read-a company with union representation). No one seemed to care - they just kept hiring and training people, most of whom left once they figured out the overtime with no pay.

    Unbeknownst to us disgruntled workers was the disgruntled management. As mentioned my supervisors were dropping like flies. But now we get the news that the new area department head (here less than a year) is leaving. Unbeknownst to her the department supervisor had turned in her resignation. Outcome: titanic sinking and not enough lifeboats.

    Me? Well... I need a job and a paycheck and I'm not twenty something or even thirty something or even... Well- you get the picture.

    So .... to the perennial new hire question - "how long do you plan to be here?"

    I say, "Forever, ... until further notice."

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