88 Days ago, Mr. Money accepted a new position after he was contacted by a company numerous times offering him an Executive Chef position. He had turned down the company twice before he decided that he was going to seriously consider working for them. He had an interview where they talked with him, he performed a cooking challenge (similar to Chopped!) and they told them they would be in contact with him if he was going to get a job offer. They called the next day, offered him a salary of $5,000 less than what he was willing to accept, so he declined their offer. A few days later, they called back and offered him the amount that was acceptable and he told them he’d talk with me and let them know. We discussed the positives, (it was closer to home- a ten minute drive, the health insurance cost was half of what we were paying, and it was a smaller facility than what he had been managing). The negatives were that he still wasn’t going to be making as much as he was but the job he had was not stable so he felt like he needed to make a change. We ultimately decided it was a good idea and he accepted the position.
As soon as he started working at the facility, they were having him come in at either five or eight in the morning and he was working until nine or ten at night. He was working sixteen hour days- all salaried. He was told that once they were fully staffed this would be “a cakewalk”. He kept waiting for them to get fully staffed, all while hearing about lawsuits against the facility, how labor needed to get cut, the facility was on the verge of closing, etc.
On Friday morning (his 88th day of employment) he went into work, got called into the office and they proceeded to tell him all these things he was doing wrong. When he rebutted, they said that even on his days off he was still responsible and basically too bad. He asked why this wasn’t a first warning and they responded that since he was within his first 90 days of employment they really didn’t have to have a reason and they were letting him go. But! He would be eligible to apply for positions within the company.
We’re both so mad that they did this. With all the talks about budget cuts and the place closing, we’re figuring they did it because of the money. Why didn’t they just tell him they couldn’t pay him enough in the beginning? That would have saved us so much stress and heartache. Now we’ve got to figure out so many things- how are we going to make it without his income, what are we going to do for health insurance, what kind of a job is he going to get? I’m hoping and praying he can get some type of job that is not in the food industry (he’s hoping the same thing). I think as long as he’s not without a job for many months we should be okay. Our plan is to live as frugally as possible, try to figure out some alternative sources of income, and keep on keeping on. With as many hours as he worked the last few months, we’ve been enjoying having him around the last couple days! Of course, that may all change if I start freaking out more about him being unemployed.
I feel like this is just a hiccup in life. A really sucky hiccup but one nonetheless. I’ve been very thankful lately that we have lived frugally for so many years. We won’t really have to change too much because we don’t live extravagantly so that’s a good thing. I am hoping this will be a short season in life and a blessing in disguise.
Have you ever gone through a season of unemployment? Do you have any good tips for us?