Wow – how quickly things can change.
I’m left feeling a little bit silly at the moment because not 24 hours after I had been publicly singing the praises of my employer in my last post, I received a call from my manager to inform me that my position has been made redundant and they were letting me go…
I kind of expected to get this call at some stage while I was on leave – they laid off nearly all members of my team the week before I went on leave – so really, it came at no great surprise. In my mind I had even been entertaining the idea of being served a redundancy package with a bit of enthusiasm, but when it actually happened I have to admit feeling a bit funny about it all and spent a few days in the dumps as a result.
With that said, having had a bit of time to get used to the idea and apply some logic to the situation I’m happy with how things have turned out. I really wasn’t looking forward to returning there after my 12 months at home – I’d been quite unhappy in my job for a while now and felt as though I was wasting my life just trudging along for the sake of it. I wasn’t in a good place.
To my (ex) employer’s credit, they agreed to pay me the remaining unused balance of the parental leave in addition to my accrued long service leave as part of the base severance package. All-in-all, I’ll end up with substantially more than if I had have simply taken the leave and resigned of my own accord at the end of the 12 months.
So where to from here? I’m not exactly sure. In the short term, nothing really changes – I’m still needed here in the home to help look after our new daughter. If I take a longer term view, then you could say that I’ve been given a fresh start. A chance to explore other options, whether that be in the same field or something different entirely. It’s all up to me.
Exciting times ahead!