Over the years, I have been used to being in limbo.
Am I pregnant?
Is the line dark enough?
Are the numbers going to rise enough?
Is there a heartbeat?
When will I start bleeding?
When will the test results come back? And what do they mean?
When can I try again?
And then also during the successful pregnancy:
Is it still alive?
Does it have all of the right chromosomes?
Is he going to make it through this?
But now I face a different limbo. One that when announced a couple of months ago, I honestly wasn’t worried about. But now as the time goes by and it is looming over us, I am getting increasingly nervous.
I will not mention the name of the company that I work for, but they announced major layoffs back in November. Layoffs to take place by the end of January. Ones that they are waiting until the last minute for it seems. Which just ramps up the nerves and makes it hard to focus on anything else at work, especially when the week so far has been particularly slow.
You may remember, I only just started this job in March. Had I been here longer, long enough for my performance scores to be on record, I would not be worried. I am a great employee and my bosses agree and constantly reward me and let me know this. The problem is… they aren’t the ones who made the decisions. Everything at this point is really just ‘rumors’ but what seems to be true is that the decisions were made based off of these scores from the previous years and probably various other things. No emotion or bias. Which sounds great. We SHOULD be judging people at work based on their performance and behaviors. Not whether they are your boss’s buddy. But for someone who doesn’t have these performance scores yet, I am worried. I don’t know how they made the decisions. We do know that the decisions have been made though, and not by our bosses.
The things we don’t know:
When will this happen?
Will it be me?
How much severance will I get?
Will my child be uninsured?
Can we afford insurance on only my DH’s salary?
Do I need to start looking for another job?
Will I find another job?
When will this be over?
Just like in the TTC times, I wish I just knew. I wish they would just do the ‘Band-Aid” method.
It will be fine if I get let go. We will make it work. DH and I have planned for these such scenarios with our savings. I know one thing about this scenario, it would be the company’s loss. More so than mine.
But I just NEED to know. So I can move on. Move on from the company, or move on with the company and most importantly move on with my life. Because since this announcement, all of the plans we were making have been halted. No vacations, no visiting friends, no booking accommodations for wedding. No big purchases (necessary or not). Not many small purchases either.
I can live with the outcome. Whatever it may be. But I can’t keep dealing with this limbo.
Is it February yet?