I felt ashamed even though the real cause of my termination was not my fault. I did not know what to tell people since I am not really retired. Feeling betrayed. No heads up. I am letting it go. I got the wrong person mad and they (the four levels of management) wanted to keep their jobs. I was asking too many questions. I made myself an easy target when I took vacation because there is always a recovery struggle when you go on vacation. I was preparing for the office closure 1-1.5 years away but was not expecting this sudden turn of events.
Those words “you’re terminated.” Why? you ask after you catch your breath. “Failure to fulfill job requirements.” They can pin that on anyone very easily. They really do not have to give a reason. If they start giving you a memo or rate any part of your work a “1” it is potentially coming. Speak up then. See an attorney to give you counsel on how to respond and do not sign the memo or EPR until you do if you plan to stay and fight. Otherwise, prepare yourself and grieve the loss of your career, the sudden shift in your life, and the new opportunities.
It was the best thing to happen to me. I am still getting over the shock. I am in recovery from the PTSD that was created by the last few years in claims. I am now following my other inteterests and building a new life with new and renewed relationships with family and friends and myself.
Some helpful reads (see links below). The local unemployment office should have good resources. Lifeworks still has benefits whether you are terminated or given severance.
What they are doing is unethical, in some instances illegal but all I can do is forgive and move on and try to get the word out — you are not alone, it will get better, there are resources out there and success for you ahead. An even better career and life. Management’s poor decisions, self preservation, and lack of character are on them. Good luck, you have worth, you were a dedicated amazing employee, you will survive and thrive.