This morning I received an email from my personnel supervisor wanting to meet with me. We scheduled a time. As the morning passed my intuition kicked into high gear and I became certain that I was going to be terminated. My intuition was correct and I was terminated after having been employed at this company for more than thirty years. I also had turned 60 last October.
My immediate feeling was one of relief as I had been preparing for this day for a while. I was also scared as I knew it meant that I was going to try to live cheaply for the next six years, trying not to dip into retirement until my 66th birthday. I was also grateful because I qualified for a benefit that would provide a continuation of my insurance until I reached Medicare age. I would be paying what the company’s employees paid for health insurance — much less than Cobra. It was this benefit that made me think that I could swing living on my savings. We’ll see how that works out.
I had already removed personal items from my office several months ago because I thought my project coverage would end at the end of 2010. I made an effort to get rid of old materials that I was saving for easy reference rather than because they needed to be archived or saved. I had had to pack my office to have the rug replaced a few months earlier and, at that time, I took the trouble to pack my items separately from those that belonged to the company. I never bothered to unpack my stuff. It was nice knowing that I could move out of my office easily and quickly.
Before I left my meeting I was asked to sign a statement that I has received a severance agreement. I was also asked to check with my assignment supervisor to transition any remaining work. I did and agreed to come in the next two days to finish a task and make sure some things were documented. Then I left.