I've always had a very turbulent relationship with my director and things have greatly escalated in the recent past. Due to a recent event (it's a loooong story) I was suspended this week. In case you're wondering, YES, it is absolutely humiliating to be suspended from your job. I've never even been verbally warned about anything my entire career until this point. At the time of my suspension the HR manager told me "if you have another job in the works, I'm sure I could get you some money to ease the transition." Since we're pretty friendly (dated her best friend for 6 months) I wasn't as alarmed by the offer as I should have been. Well, today the president asked me to stop by after office hours and he made me the same offer, only much more direct. Not resigning is obviously an option but he pretty much told me the director already has a plan in place to ensure I don't last long after I return next week.
The president and I talked for about 30 minutes or so and here's the best deal I could work out on the spot:
- I can take off next week (paid) while I consider my options.
- On the books, I will remain an active employee for the next 3 months. This will give me additional months of financial cushion and allow me to interview while I technically still have a job.
- The company will pay for my BlackBerry service for the next 3 months and then I can transfer the number to a private plan or my new company. This is my only phone (no home phone) so it's sort of a big deal to keep the number. I didn't ask but I'm sure they would give me the phone as well since we're notorious for not recycling anything.
- I will receive positive written recommendations from the president and my director.
I work in an education-related field so there's not a lot I can ask for outside of salary and benefits. We've had plenty of staffing "issues" since the presidents arrival and the board has made it publicly known they don't want anymore. This is the primary reason they want me to leave voluntarily.
Does anyone have any thoughts or suggestions?
As for the question on everyone's mind: I did indeed learn an extremely valuable lesson from this situation.
I apologize if this post isn't completely coherent but this just went down a few hours ago so I'm still trying to refocus my thoughts from dealing with my boss upon my return to being unemployed.