A Job is Never Safe

Last Update: January 23, 2019

I found out today my Section Chief took a new job. He was gone when we got back to work today after the long holiday weekend. No warning. This was not his choice but he was called to fill a vacancy and is the Acting Director of another Division in the State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources as of today.

Many of you know I have a great job with great bosses and co-workers, great benefits etc. I have a flexible schedule (which could now change with a regime shift).

This is a reminder that in a regular job where you are an employee, everything can change in an instant. This was first impressed upon me when I got layoff notices from the State when we did not have a budget (much like the situation with the Federal Government now). I was not actually laid off as a budget was passed at the last minute but I got the proverbial notice saying I could be laid off. So even with a relatively secure government job with union representation, nothing is guaranteed.

The company can always shut down, even if that company is a national or state government.

In my case, the job is still there but the managers could change which totally changes the workplace, the job and the quality of life.

Hopefully my immediate supervisor will stay in place. His boss is the acting Section Chief now so if they all move up, I could get a new supervisor.

This reminds me that I want to be my own boss. I need to have the option to be my own boss. I do not want my fate completely out of my own control. That is why I am here building my online business and also getting into real estate. We have a 4-plex and manage a 6-plex as well. It is just a shame it take 4 jobs for one couple to keep their head above water here.

I will be fine for now, but nothing is permanent. We have to be ready for change!

Onward and upward,

Jessica

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mmonterola Premium
I just learned today that a close friend at work has lost her job as of last night, with no warning.

I'm so sad and sorry for her. I know she can get another job in a different department soon ,but the friendship which we developed is lost. I just hope that we can still get in touch, but it will be different, for sure.

Nothing is permanent, that's for sure. We always have to be ready for anything.

Marita
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ColleenLVSJC Premium
So true, Jessica! Sorry to hear about the upheaval in your workplace. I hope it resolves quickly and you have another great boss. Growing up around entrepreneurs, I've always preferred to be self-employed with consulting and freelance work.

Your good attitude will make you shine bright to your new bosses. :)
Colleen
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Swangirl Premium
Yes, I think I am the same way. I grew up in the bush in Alaska where everything had to be done ourselves. There were no regular jobs and also no public services, stores or utlities, not even a school. My parents had to be my teachers, we had to be our own cooks, cleaners, gardeners to grow food, carpenters, electricians (my Dad build a solar and wind system so we had power, radio, refrigeration, lights), my parents were both pilots, we had a dog team, small livestock, did our own gold mining...I learned a number of professions just growing up. They also had real estate in other places that helped support us such as the McCarthy Lodge which they owned and sold. That is featured in one of the Alaska Reality TV shows now (with different owners).

I think growing up that way it just seemed logical for me to want to be my own boss!
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kpercival55 Premium
Thanks for the reminder Jessica!

Glad to hear your job is intact for the moment! I feel badly for the workers who are currently laid off, or worse must continue to work for free.

WA is a wonderful option to provide us a ladder to climb out of the rut.

All the best,
KyleAnn
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Swangirl Premium
Thank you KyleAnn. I am sure it will work out for me but I do feel bad for others and I am glad I am here.
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EddySalomon Premium
Job security is a walking contradiction. But society and our families train us at a very young age to be employees. The lure is that it's safe and secure. But since I was 12 I never liked the idea of a boss that could control whether I get paid or not. It didn't feel secure to me.

So that's why I started seeking ways to make money on my own. And I'm happy I did because it saved myself and family numerous times. Don't get me wrong, jobs are important. But no one should ever believe this lie they are secure. You should always have multiple streams of income especially one like a business where you're the boss.
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Swangirl Premium
Yes, I agree! I would be very nervous only having 1 job. I am so glad we are branching out now. Thanks.
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EddySalomon Premium
Indeed Jessica
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Roybretton Premium
Hello Jessica,

Thank you for your blog post, it's great when you have job flexibility and good bosses, the problem is that we never know how long it will last! Unfortunately, I have seen people work very hard at their particular job, only to find that they are going to be made redundant. I don't mean to be negative, but I do think it's great if we can work for ourselves.

Maybe I have been fortunate as I have been self-employed since 1983 which is virtually all my working life. I think it's great that you are building an online business and I do hope that very soon you can quit your job and work for yourself full-time.

Wishing you all the best.

Roy
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Swangirl Premium
I agree 100%. There is risk in having your own business too but I think building up a side business while you still have a job is always going to be smart. One way or the other we should have a way to support ourselves so we do not depend on someone else.
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Roybretton Premium
I hear you, Jessica, there's always a certain amount of risk having your own business, but at least we can be in control, we never know what's going on behind the scenes when we work for someone.

I think working for someone and building a business on the side is a great idea, this way we have an income coming in and we can then make a gradual transition, this is actually what I did when I first started.

Enjoy your Friday and have a great weekend.

Roy
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Swangirl Premium
Thanks, busy with the rental property tasks again now...utility bills to pay, record keeping, showing the vacancies, getting contractor quotes, figuring out how to get into washer and dryer coin boxes since the keys the seller gave us don't work, replacing a bathroom fan...always fun.
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Roybretton Premium
It's good that you are busy Jessica, one thing I know for sure is that whatever we are doing, we need money coming in. At least your job sounds like an interesting job and good fun!

Wishing you a great weekend.

Roy
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ownonlboss Premium
Wait, 4 jobs to survive! that's not fair! Wow.

Yeah and jobs are never safe, I have seen that too the last three years. Got a job for the government taking care of kids, suddenly they closed the place and I was out of job. Found a new job in retail, the big supermarket chains stopped the contract with the firm I was working at and am soon (june) again out of a job.

I better concentrate on my business for now and get things rolling.

Steven
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Swangirl Premium
Well, I don't make enough from my websites yet that I can say we need them...I hope someday they make more and can help us replace a job though so I keep at it. We also don't make much from the 6-plex yet (I think it has cost us more) but once all the units are rented and the work is done it will make a little. This is all about being smart and trying to work for something better. I hope once all 4 of these are up and running smoothly that we will be better off. On the other hand our debt is going up every year so we are going backwards...so we do need them to work.
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AlexanderV Premium
No such thing as a "nice, safe, secure job". What a myth that society teaches.
I am still early on in my website building, but I also invest in stocks and want to eventually get into real estate. Need multiple forms of income (I also work full time at a nice safe secure job too).
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Swangirl Premium
Yes, we all need to be aware of this. I think due to the way I grew up (in the bush where there were no regular jobs and everyone was their own boss and had to take care of themselves), the concept of a regular job has always seemed foreign to me. I have always wanted to have my own business. My husband and I have a 4-plex and manage a 6-plex as well and both have regular jobs as well as my websites. My husband has joined me here at WA and wants to start websites as well. We are definitely getting multiple streams of income going!
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AlexanderV Premium
Amazing! That's basically what I am trying to do in reverse, build websites, generate income, invest that income into income properties. LOL
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Swangirl Premium
We were able to buy the 4-plex with zero down since we used my husband's VA loan to get it. It is a great deal. You can do something similar with an FHA loan and pay only 3.5% down payment and buy up to a 4-plex as well. Live in one unit and rent out the other three...that is the best way to get into real estate and leverage a smaller amount of money at the beginning. That is how we could get this. It is our home so it is eligible for VA and FHA financing. If you can't afford a 4 plex then try for a tri-plex or duplex. You can also use the rent from the other units to help qualify for the loan. Anything over 5 units is commercial though and then you need a huge down payment.
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Louis55 Premium
You are right about being your own boss. Even tho you go to work do what you are suppose to do. You are still in jeopardy of losing your job. I always knew that but didn't quite wrap my brain around that on until this year. Good luck in your future endeavors.

Louis
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Swangirl Premium
Thanks Louis. I hope you do well at securing your future as well.
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mbouteiller Premium
Hi Jessica,

Yes, true, nothing is ever guaranteed when working for someone else.

I really hope you keep your job. I'm really glad you're here and making your online business a success. You're already ahead of those who have taken no action to be independent and being your own boss.

Thinking of you!

Monica
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Swangirl Premium
I will keep my job Monica, I just hope my immediate manager doesn't change! He has been wonderful and these bosses right now are the best I have ever had. It is a very important thing to have a good boss if you have a job.

I am lucky to get along with all my co-workers now as well. It is a job to have all great people to work with.

Thanks!
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mbouteiller Premium
Awesome Jessica... I'm very happy to hear that!

It's also because of who you are inside... integrity, positive, determined to get the job done right, easy to get along with etc.

Monica
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Swangirl Premium
Awwwww, thank you Monica. You are so sweet!
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skmorrow Premium
You are right, there are certainly no guarantees. I too have a really good job, but the company could decide to get rid of my department if they wanted to. I have seen other departments come and go over the years, with no warning.

That is one reason I am working on building an online business, to diversify. Not only do I have a goal of working on my terms, but in the meantime, I am on the lookout for additional sources of income.

I wish you the best Jessica.

Steve
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Swangirl Premium
Thanks Steve. I hope you find all the additional sources you need. Sometimes I wonder what the heck the problem is. Why do we need 2 jobs, 2 buildings to manage, 2 websites etc? Of course when we keep spending money on earthquake damage (plumber, computer destroyed, aquarium destroyed) more plumbing ($1354 last week), cars breaking down, vet bills, natural gas bill of $450 this month, utilities going up every year, $10,000 in property taxes etc., then it all adds up! That's why we need so many jobs.
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SondraM Premium
Hmmm. What a surprise. Not a good kind. Hopefully things will work out and be fine in the end. Yet, I can understand your nervousness. Not all bosses are created equal.

Back in my Dad's day, when he worked for the Post Office, a federal government job was considered to be one of the safest, most secure jobs you can ever have.

Things sure have changed.

Take care and always continue to look for the positive. Granted, you have had a lot of chances to practice in recent months.
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Swangirl Premium
Yes, very different. Of course all jobs were different since one decent job could support a family. We have more jobs than I can count now. And of course the good jobs had pensions...those don't exist anymore either. Older State employees have them but I am too young, we dont' get them anymore. I am not too unhappy however since we have more of a 401K type plan and I am fully vested now and can take it with me if I go!
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Introverted2 Premium
I definitely agree. I’m in my late 20s and still young, but I don’t like where our country is going. Even with my degree, it’s hard finding a job that gives you benefits, pay, etc... That’s why I joined wealthy affiliate, helping me to learn how grow my online business from the comfort of my home. This will mean No traffic, no employee gossip, no disrespect from directors, and no crying everyday from wishing you had a better life than this. Just helping others be their best they can be.
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Swangirl Premium
I know all about that. My husband was a U.S. Marine and went on to double major and graduate with honors in college. He can't find a job that cares about his degrees. It is very discouraging.
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JeannineC Premium
I've had dozens of jobs during my career, been sold 8 times, and had countless bosses. Nothing is set in stone except what you own. Good for you to choose becoming your own boss rather than always working for someone else. Not everyone is cut out for that, but you have the right spirit to make that happen.
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Swangirl Premium
I have always wanted to be my own boss. I will be my own boss one day. Thanks Jeannine.
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Noteboom Premium
Correct. Hope it will be ok for you. Must be horrible to live in a country when things are like it is because of mistake 2 years ago.

My country went through a huge crisis 10 years ago (but was quick up on it but there is still a problem because of it, mainly because burn out after it) so I know how it is when things are not like it should be.
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Swangirl Premium
The problems with our state government actually have nothing to due with the current occupant of the White House. This is due to poor planning and failure to diversify our economy so when the price of oil went down, our economy crashed here. It seems so simple, I can't imagine how all of our leaders never figured out that they should not put all their eggs in one basket. Why have your whole economy dependent on one industry!!!! Stupid!!!! I agree with you though.
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davehayes Premium
Indeed, no job is safe and was one of the reasons I started looking at my own 'security' with affiliate marketing years ago, not regretted it one bit

Personally, 9 years down the road and with a wife in employment I don't understand why more don't look at starting their own online business, even part time and take control of their lives

When I mention I am an Advertising Consultant, people always want to know more, so I get new clients easily

Good luck with your post review
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Swangirl Premium
Thank you. I agree. I can't imagine just trusting a single job and not looking to diversify my income.
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davehayes Premium
Absolutely, I know lots like the security of a regular pay check, but why entrust YOUR future, in SOMEONE elses hands
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Swangirl Premium
Yes. Thank you.
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marmar463 Premium
All jobs are not secured anymore. Alot of the government workers are looking for other employment because of this shutdown. This is a big problem and people are wondering what they are going to do.

And it seems to me that the government of this country does not care but we have to roll with the punches right now. They can't even get unemployment or at least some of the government jobs can't get unemployment.

But at least we can have job security with WA meaning we are our own boss and that helps a great deal. We can really get people involved with WA about right now we have to be patient because alot of people are in trouble with their creditors because some of them are not extending them on their bills.

But we never know what will happen though.

Mary
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Swangirl Premium
Thanks Mary. I agree.
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marmar463 Premium
You are so very welcome it was my pleasure, Jessica.

Mary
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Swangirl Premium
I always love hearing from you Mary.
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marmar463 Premium
I always love hearing from you as well Jessica

Mary
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AlexEvans Premium
When we trade our time for money we are at the mercy of the market place, one of the pluses about engaging in creating a business we can become masters of our own destinies.

It can be challenging when the situation changes inside a workplace, that uncertainty can be stressful.

You have put in some hard yards, Jessica and would be valued I am sure best wishes both at your work and also with your online endeavors.

Alex
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Swangirl Premium
Thank you Alex. I am trying to do the best I can.
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apache1 Premium
You are totally correct Jessica not job is safe. I spent 11 years working my butt off for a company until they got taken over by an overseas company who also own one of our competitors.
As they were their first taking they had the authority to merge the two business together.

In the first 5 months 15 of my fellow workers got retrenched I remained only because I was helping them with their merger chasing up debtors and other areas,

Forward another 6 months I was finally retrenched the worst part to make it a legal retrenchment they spilt my job into 3 sent their staff from another state to learn what I was doing and when that was done I was gone.

So all the loyalty, long hours (putting 60 hours when mine were officially 40) didn't make a difference.

So now I am happier promoting this and other areas without all that backstabbing that was there during the merger.
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Swangirl Premium
Wow, that is awful. It must have been stressful to work and work and see your doom approaching despite your best efforts! I will never depend on one job for my income again. I will always have multiple sources of income.
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apache1 Premium
Yea it wasn't much fun plus I asked one of the top managers a couple of questions that seems innocent but was relying on their answer and we they said no to that question I knew my time was running out.

But being loyal at the time I just continued to do the work for an extra month before I was told over the phone.

Every other time he came interstate to see us this time over the phone.

Oh well life is what it is and just have to make the best of it now.
Glad I found WA
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Swangirl Premium
That would sure drain all hope and enthusiasm from you. I am glad you are here now!
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apache1 Premium
It did for a while as it was also at end of November not the best time to lose a job given Christmas was around the corner.

But still here doing the best I can and WA has been a lifesaver for me.

Not yet where I want to be but as you know it can take some time but the end results are always worth it. I don't plan on giving up either always go forward.

Have a wonderful weekend coming up Jessica :)

Andre
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Swangirl Premium
Wow. That stinks.

I will try. I am meeting a friend I have not seen since both her parents passed away. I also have a ton to do with the rental properties.
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jennyjewel Premium
Hi Jessica I have been living the new boss nightmare for 18 months, hope it all works out for you!
Jenny
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Swangirl Premium
I hope it works out Jenny. For both of us.
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HeidiY Premium
I am about to face the same thing Jessica, but at least I have forewarning. My boss of 16 years is retiring in April :( I’ve known since last February, the day I joined WA.

I had hoped to be financially secure by the day he left so that I had options but it is not to be.

I have a sneaking suspicion one of the other General Managers has his eye on my section and unfortunately I can not work under him. We have irreconcilable differences :) he’s a drop kick and I don’t like to be micro managed lol.

Anyway what will be will be and in the mean time we work to secure our futures and our destinies.

I hope your new boss is an absolute gem and your working conditions continue to be great.
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Dahay Premium
Very very wise decision to join wealthy affiliate !!
U look wayy ahead something most people don't.

That's why u are going to succeed. Not because u are working hard but because u don't have a choise.

If u don't have a choise u work wayyy harder !!
U give more than the 100%. U wake up early and stay up late.

That is how winners are born. ;-)

In motivational language:

U don't have something to fall back on.
That is the best thing to motivate people.

It's do or die financially !!
Finance is something people are willing to suffer for because the pain of having no money eats u from the inside.

People rather die than ask others for financial help.
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Swangirl Premium
Hopefully my immediate supervisor won't change. We will get a new boss at some level though and I hope they are nice whoever they are! It is SO nerve wracking.

I am so sorry for your situation Heidi. That sucks. I hope you will get through it somehow.
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SnazzyIT Premium
So absolutely true in my case, it's a do or die and I won't ask for government help.
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Swangirl Premium
Unfortunately in this country there are many who don't bother to try very hard. Government help is the first stop not the last stop.
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JKulk1 Premium
Totally understand Jessica. No one's job is ever really safe. Jim
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Swangirl Premium
Thank you Jim. Yep.
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Barney44 Premium
Been there done that Jessica. It is best to roll with the punches thrown at us in life.

Just remember that when one door closes another one opens. You are an asset to DNR I can tell. You have built a back-up plan that will make it so you do not have to depend on somebody else’s whim or demand

Barry
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Swangirl Premium
Thanks Barry! I appreciate your faith in me! I should be fine as I get along with with the remaining two bosses.

Just last week we found out our Director left to take the Deputy Commissioner job as well. The Deputy Director took the Director job etc. I have been there at DNR (in two different units and 5 different jobs) for 10 years now so all of these bosses know me. The real frustration is that I could take a manager job there myself if my health would just cooperate.
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StefanC Premium
I felt this on my skin 2 weeks ago when my manager dropped my hours from 33 to 21 per week. That was because the cafe is very quiet and the company spent too much on another project which didn't profited as expected.

I am not going to search for another job just because of this 10 hours, but that is only because I have an internet business that covers everything.

If I didn't have this alternative income, I would be desperate now, living paycheck after paycheck and trying to find a second job. Double the time would be wasted on the commute and more headaches.

So, yeah, having an internet business or another side hustle can save you from the ups and downs of your regular job.
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Swangirl Premium
Absolutely Stefan. I am glad you have a successful business to cover your lost hours!
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MiaL Premium
I know the feeling. I have a new boss and I know there will be plans made on my behalf which will impact my current flexibility and quality of life. I must have flexibility because of my kids.
Everything is a juggle already. Sigh.
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Swangirl Premium
Yes. My co-worker was in tears over it today. It is hard when we need flexibility and lose those great bosses who understand.

I hope your new boss is good!
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MiaL Premium
I'm sorry to hear that Jessica :(
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Lillieth Premium
Hi Jessica, your story resonates, I love your last sentence "we have to be ready for change!" One thing that I have learnt is not to wait for other people to decide when that change is going to come! success here in WA.
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Swangirl Premium
Yes! Between property rentals and websites, we hope to "retire" early. It is still a ways away but in a few more years at least one of use should be able to.
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ElizabethCu1 Premium
So true Swangirl. I was a director of 2 companies but a simple country move left me unemployed for 3 years.Life hits you from different angles...
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Swangirl Premium
Wow, yes. It can happen to any of us at any time I guess! Thanks for that example. I hope you recovered.
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herinnelson Premium
Absolutely, Jessica! Change will be awesome when the time comes. But, until then, I know things will work out for you. Your co-workers are Blessed to have you working there! I wish you all the best, my dear! So proud of you!

Erin :)!
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Swangirl Premium
Awww, thanks Erin! I really appreciate that. You are so sweet!!!
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bobo328 Premium
So true Jessica!
I was made redundant just before Christmas.
This is why I am looking into online work and needs to be my own business, so that I will never feel threatened again....hopefully!

Wish you success :0

kris
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Swangirl Premium
Thanks Kris! I wish you success too! I need the flexible schedule with my health issues so it is a big deal to me if that is taken away.
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bobo328 Premium
I understand you 100% Jessica.

Wish you good health and stay positive (I need to too!)

Kris
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Swangirl Premium
Sounds good Kris! We will both persevere.
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SnazzyIT Premium
You and me both Bobo
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