I am experiencing my first recession since graduation, while working for my first private company. The nation-wide situation did not hit home for me until February when they laid off more than half the people. On Friday my company laid off another two people and reduced the hours of many more. I was reduced to 8 hours per week, with the possibility of working more depending on the workload. I feel lucky to still have a job, and until now I was immune to reductions because engineering has been working really hard to roll out a new product. But things are on hold now for me during emi and ul testing. (I am really worried that work will pick back up in time for our n.z. trip)
After my boss broke the news to me, he gave me some positive feedback on my job performance. I responded with positive things about my job and the company, and my value to the company to be flexible when work is needed.
I am trying to keep a good attitude about all this by thinking of all the wonderful things I can be doing with all the extra time....I just need to stay off the couch....
- Organize the attic boxes from my parents house that have been sitting in our garage.
- Deep clean the house.
- Winterize the garden.
- Play with the kittens.
- Mid-week day hike.
- Go the the gym and take some Pilates reformer classes.
- Help a friend plan a backpacking trip for this weekend.
Karate training has been going well. I hope to test for blue belt in Janurary.