Today, I was back out in the world, driving around in the service van, responding to ’emergencies’, and generally wondering why. I had things to do in Lansing and in Grand Rapids, tomorrow will be the same, and depending on how it goes… I may be out and about on Thursday as well.
There is still a surprising amount of activity going on. I saw some masks, but didn’t wear one. I wore my gloves and used my hand sanitizer. One place I went required me to sanitize, sign-off, and take my temperature before they let me in, but mostly it was up to me to keep my distance. I still think it’s a bit crazy to think that some of this stuff considers itself ‘essential business’. Oh well, like so many others, I gotta do what I gotta do to keep the paychecks rollin’ in.
Logged in to work this morning to check on things and found an email from somewhere up the chain. Apparently, we’re calling this scenario a reduced work schedule. Which is a pretty accurate, if you ask me. What with my workload having been reduced to nothing.
The good news, no layoff. The bad news, half pay. I’ll take that. It’s not the best situation, but it’s better than the alternative. Basically, we’re going to get 20-hours even if we don’t have any billable work in any given week. Which allows us to maintain our status as full time employees.
Obviously, this is temporary and is due to the pandemic crisis that is impacting everything. And they were very clear in the email that this could change anytime, at the sole discretion of the company, and that this does not guarantee continued employment. i.e. if this doesn’t work out, we’ll be going to layoffs. Which is completely understandable. It would suck. But, I get it.
I appreciate what they’re doing and it just goes to showing why I’ve been happy working for them for the last 12-years. They may or may not be a giant evil corporation, but they treat me well.
I haven’t done the numbers, so I’m not sure how this impacts my bills, but it will keep me from burning through all of my PTO. Well… It will extend the amount of time I can survive on my PTO.
Let’s get this pandemic under control, because, I’d rather be working. Later.