On Friday morning my husband was let go from his job, suddenly and without warning. 11 other employees were also let go, some had been at the company for 20+ years. When he told me, I was shocked, pissed at his company and immediately tallied a list of services to call and cancel.
My husband took it a bit differently than I did. He was hurt. After working his tail off and giving them his all, he was the second person to be let go. When they brought him in and told him, they didn't give him a reason; they assured him that it was not performance based. However, as someone who has never lost a job before, he took it very much to heart and while I wanted to slap someone in the head he just wanted an explanation.
It turns out his job was outsourced to another state, but still within the company. The company decided that rather than give anyone the option of moving with their job (and subsequently needing to help with relocation costs) they would lay everyone off and give them a small severance package. We only discovered this information because some of his friends were spared the axe and found out in a meeting held after the layoffs had ended.
In my humble opinion, that's a totally dick move.
The past few days have been kind of hazy as we're recovering from the financial blow and discussing what to do next. Hubs has a job offer in South Carolina and his old job is moving down there (and he was so happy at that job that he wants to stick with it) so he wants to reapply for that before accepting the first offer. We've made up our minds to move, provided one of the jobs pans out, to Greenville, South Carolina and are going to be going down in a few weeks to look at apartments and neighborhoods so I can get a feel for the area. He's been down there several times, but I have not. All of our friends and family live in our current area and I know I'll be driving home frequently to visit, but as hard as it will be to pack up our stuff and the kitties and move 10 hours away, the change of scenery will definitely do us some good.
Everything is happening so suddenly, I just need to remember to breathe.