Sunday, October 5, 2008

layoffs

it seems as though everyone i know is being affected by lay offs. since i work in the gaming industry, it was just a matter of time before it happened to us.

my husband was informed on Friday that they will be doing away with 50 positions in his area. this isn't your regular lay off. they are making everyone in this position reapply and of those reapplications they are choosing 70. they are giving severance packages but when you are losing your job, the package is never as much as you think you are worth. he will be getting 8 weeks pay. he has been employed here for almost 14 years.

he told me yesterday that he felt like a big weight had been lifted off his shoulders. we have been talking for some time about this and what our options are, so we aren't totally distraught. he has been getting some feedback from others at different casinos. he is also looking at going into business with some guys that we know. that is something he is really looking at. hopefully, whatever he decides to do won't take too long. we aren't destitute but with only 1 income it may not take long if these lay offs continue. i am trying to get a medical coding job but since i have very little experience, it may take awhile.

fortunately, i do still have a dealing job, but who knows how long it will be before this trickles down to us? rumors are already spreading. that is the most interesting thing to me about this job. rumors spread like wildfire all the time. i have people from other casinos that ask me about a rumor they heard about our place. at times they seem to know more than we do. i think it is hilarious.

enough of the pity party already. whatever happens, happens. i have a lot to be thankful for and that is what i am concentrating on or else i will blow this whole thing way out of proportion.

i have met a lot of really interesting people in this job and some real jerks. so i do have a lot of stories i can amuse myself with.

i have met Whoopi Goldberg, Hank Williams Jr., Dick Cavett, that Van Dyke guy from Cheers, Joe Thismen, "Pac Man" Jones, Andre Aggassi, Federer, and numerous other athletes. too bad i am not a sports fan. i could probably remember their names.

i have also seen people lose VAST amounts of money on 1 roll of the dice and win vast amounts on 1 roll.

i used to think 500.00 was a lot of money. but now after handling so much in one night, 5000.00 isn't a lot. it's amazing what you get desensitized to. it used to shock and appall me at some of the things i have seen people do in public. now, not so much. i have seen people do things in public that should only be done in private and sometimes ALONE.

all in all i have had fun doing this but if it doesn't pan out i don't think i will miss it.

4 Comments:

  1. Sarah said...
    That stinks about the layoffs. I'm sorry you're having to deal with that.Hope everything goes well for you. Hope everything goes well for you and your husband.

    I had recently thought about looking for a new job, but with the way things are going with the economy, I think I'm better off just staying right where I am. I have a little bit of security where I am. Same with my husband, he's got some security too. So, we're just gonna try and ride this out right where we are.
    Brian said...
    The layoffs are terrible. Too many people have been layed off recently.

    I've been job hunting for the last few months myself since getting out of the military and it's been very tough and stressful. Luckily my wife has a decent job.

    Brian
    New site address - http://www.eazycheezy.net/
    Inge' said...
    it seems as if this is affecting everyone across the board. i am fortunate to still have a job right now. so we can have some sort of income coming in.
    Small Footprints said...
    It seems that everyone I know is being affected by layoffs ... either directly or indirectly. In our case, it's indirectly ... our income is sliding because as others face layoffs, they don't buy our services.

    In my experience, however, the worst that can happen is rarely as bad as we imagine it. In fact, sometimes the "worst" is actually an opportunity in disguise. If we stay open to the possibilities ... and stay alert to the road ahead ... something truly wonderful may be just around the bend.

    Take care!

    Small Footprints
    http://reducefootprints.blogspot.com

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