A friend of ours works for a large, well-known company. Without going into extreme detail her boss hasn’t been very happy with her and she just got a 60 day probation after being at the job for a year. The thing is, I read her boss’s review and it really seems like she has it out for her. I know there are always two sides to every story, but in this case there are no issues with my friends work performance, just some really random, nitpicky stuff that has happened.
My friend is 40, her husband is unemployed. They have no savings. She tried to talk with her boss and HR and it seems like they are just trying to push her out without severance. While its their prerogative to do this, it leaves their family with no income. Granted, their expenses aren’t large, but they do have a mortgage. Neither of them are health insurable on the open market. They won’t be able to afford COBRA even if they have the option. They don’t have children, but her father is in poor health and has been in and out of the hospital recently.
It just shows the importance of a back-up plan and savings. Being in a couple is always easier, the expenses and risk are spread out. But in this economy jobs just aren’t “secure” anymore. I don’t know about you, but I never want to be in a position of relying on a person who hates me to pay my bills.