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As I talked about some time ago, in A Different Kind of Post, my day job has had an uncertain future.  That uncertainty has now become a certainty.  My job will no longer exist in two years, give or take a few months.

I’m actually one of the lucky ones.  Most of the people working in my department have only 12 months.  And I’ll admit it’s actually quite decent of the company to give us this much advance warning.

They’ve offered me a generous “retention” compensation package.  In other words, since they want me  to stick around to the bitter end, so they’re going to give me a bonus if I do.  The problem, of course, is that I have a family to support.  No matter how generous the offer they’ve made, it’s still limited funds.  The benefits will still be gone.  And there’s no guarantee that the job market will be doing anything in another two years.

So what’s best for may family?  Passing up on the cash payout in favor of job security by finding a new job?  Probably.  But it’s not an easy thing to do, especially knowing that by leaving, I’ll be making things harder for the coworkers who choose to stay.

In the meantime, I at least have time to plan.  And the countdown begins.


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