If you were fired from your job, how did it affect you? Did you feel relief, angst, and/or total
desolation that your life is over and all chances are well........over? Being fired from a job, either from layoffs and/or termination affect people in different ways. Some people view their termination from a hated, difficult, and/or boring job as a God send relief. Such people maintain that this termination is the best thing that happened to them. To other people, their job is their life and to be laid off and/or terminated from their job is actually the KISS OF DEATH. These people feel that they are now nonentities. Many become depressed, contemplating self-destruction!
Replaced by two 20 year olds at age 50! Over qualified everywhere I went and ended up a small business owner. Much happier now!
I've been fired a few times. The last time, I kind of knew it was coming so it wasn't that much of a shock. Most of the jobs I've had, the short term ones anyway, have been pretty crappy so it wasn't that much of a big deal.
I was only fired from a job once and it was because I had reduced my work week to three days instead of five after having my first child. I knew it was coming and actually wanted it to happen, in a way, but, oddly I was really upset when it did finally happen - strange, right? I think any type of firing makes us doubt ourselves and we take it as a personal insult. It did feel personal, after all, the agreement to reduce my hours was made prior to my having a baby, but in the end the jerks I worked for decided they needed me there more than I was willing to be. So, I moved on with my life, started freelancing and enjoyed ten years of working for myself from home with my children. The company that I had worked for was out of business in five year - karma always comes back to bite you in the butt.
When I was terminated from my first professional position of 10 years, I was devastated. I honestly believed it when my boss told me that I would never work anywhere again. I would say that I was angry at my former boss for at least another 10 years. Amazingly, I was hired again after only months. But it amazes me that I held on to that anger for so long.
Then my second job that lasted 12 years, when I was laid off soon before the doors closed for good. After the second time, I swore that I would never work a job again.
Now I am blessed to work only for myself and never been happier and have only happy thoughts about my former employers.
I had held my job for 22 years, after holding my previous job for 13 years. I was 59 and was told that I was going to have a pay cut--no number was not given. I objected, not so much to the yet to be identified cut, but the lack of a reason for the cut, since no other staff members were taking cuts.
Two weeks later I get called into the boss' office and am handed a termination agreement that I was told was not negotiable. It included a very generous severance pay package, and the company picked up my cobra costs for a year. I was planning to retire after two years and to use the retiree option of retaining the group insurance.
Again, I was given no reasons for the dismissal.
For 19 years, under a prior boss, I enjoyed the job. For the last three years, I did not. So I was not totally unhappy to leave, until I was hit with two realities I did not expect.
Under COBRA, you can convert to a private policy IF that insurance company writes such policies in your state. It did not and with pre-existing conditions, I could not get coverage.
I also learned the lesson of harsh reality. Men pushing 60 have a hard time finding jobs. I applied for jobs that paid one-third of my former salary and assured them I would commit to saying three to five years. I had several interviews, but no offers.
Fighting insurance issues has been the hardest part and the fact I resent most amount my termination. I have a line on a job that is looking promising that provides insurance. If I get it, it will be a nice way to end my career. If not, I can draw Social Security next year (it will still be here), and my wife will start this year. With our savings and no mortgage, we will do find--except for for the insurance issue, which I hope Obamacare helps to resolve.
I felt all the emotions listed in the question. There was no cause to dismiss me. My biggest sin is that I am not a yes man. I will tell a boss if I think he is incorrect--in the proper manner, by telling him we tried that before, and it did or did not work and why. However, I told my boss that by the end of the day, I would have completed the task the way he wanted it done.
So I guess I feel angry for the failure to offer any real notice, for not providing reasons and for forcing me to sign an agreement that severely limited my legal recourse. They wanted me gone, and they paid decent money to get rid of me. That is a hard fight to win.
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