Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Slow-Down At Work

I found out today that another one of our plants is only working 4 days a week now. The 2 other plants are already on 4 day weeks. And that's not 4 ten's either, that's 4 eight hour days. Our office is still on normal hours but who knows how long that will last. We have to take another forced vacation day in February. I guess I'm just glad to have a job. I'm not sure if I would be first to be laid off or second. Hopefully I won't find out.

I wish I was closer to paying off my mortgage, then I wouldn't worry about my job. All I can do now is to stick with my plan and hope I can reach my goal before I have to change careers.


Over the Cubicle Wall said...

Reduced hours, pay cuts, and forced vacation days are becoming more common it seems. At least it helps with lessening layoffs. I don't think it helps with worrying though. May even make it worse because all of that lets you see and know that things are definitely slow.

Got my fingers and toes crossed for you again.

Anonymous said...

I'm nervous too Daizy. A few coworkers were told they would see a 10% pay reduction. I have not heard anything about that (why would they reduce the pay of someone who will be laid off soon?).

I'm feeling your landlord pain. I put gravel in the back yard of my rental house today, it cost $2400! I do have some good tenants lined up though, no pitbull either.

Daizy said...

Over the Cubicle Wall, I'm worried because I don't have a plan in case of layoff. I have a plan for everything else but not that. I suppose I should be making myself more useful at work so I'm not a target.

Alex K, you are nervous because you DIDN'T get a reducion in pay? Wow, that is really bad.
I hope you get good tenants. Keep a big maintenance fund. My house is only 4 years old but like your gravel, even the small stuff adds up.

Over the Cubicle Wall said...

How many people at your work know how to do what you do?

The good thing about your long term plan is it could probably get you through a short term hiccup. No consumer debt, no car payment, renters in your house to cover the mortgage, and a really low level of monthly expenses. You seem to be in good shape to weather any storms.

Beyond that, the gov't is hiring part time census workers right now. Fairly good pay for part time short term whether you have a full time job or not. Maybe worth looking into as a step in a backup plan, or just as extra income if your job proves stable.

Daizy said...

Over the Cubicle Wall, only one person knows how to do some of my job and he hates it. I joke that they keep me around just to keep him from exploding. He agrees. But I still think I am doing the least amount of work.

I read about the census takers today. That is something I would consider if I was laid off. I would probably do almost any job except telemarketing...or exotic dancer.