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The Furloughs Are Coming…


I got the dreaded e-mail last week; we are being furloughed.  The company hasn’t made a final decision yet but they are letting us know what to expect and when.  Furloughs will be starting next month and last through early next year.  Rather than furlough us for weeks or months solid, the company has decided to make us only take a couple unpaid days each month.  They also announced that we won’t be getting raises through 2022 but I think we all expected that anyway.


The reality is, I’m still going to have to work those days, I just won’t get paid for them.  We had a mandatory hiring freeze that went into effect at the start of the pandemic.  They have also done a couple rounds of layoffs.  There are less people doing more work.  It’s comical to think I can get more work done in less time.


The positive spin is I get to spend more time with family over the holidays.  Yes, I’m going to have to work most of the days but you can bet I’m going to enjoy a couple of them guilt free.  The other good news is we budget for Christmas the entire year.  We’ll cut the budget this year on Christmas spending and that will help bridge the gap a little.  Chris has also picked up more work that usual so we should be close to normal.


Things are really bad in my sector of the economy so if this is as bad as it gets at work, I’ll be extremely excited.  I’ve been fortunate to last as long as I have unscathed.


How are your jobs holding up?


  • Reply T'Pol |

    Sorry to hear about the furloughs. At least it is only just a few days a month. I am sure it hurts but, could be worse. We are going through very tough times unfortunately. Wishing you luck.

  • Reply Reece |

    Well that stinks! Could be worse, right?imagine if you still had a ton of debt hanging over you! Also you’re back home again right? So no worrying about trip budget for a little while.

  • Reply Deb |

    I’m a nurse and right now in my unit there is little overtime if any at all available. We have no annual raise this year due to the hospital budget. I was an assistant nurse manager but the stress was just too much and I asked if I would be able to go back into staffing verses looking for a new position elsewhere. I was granted my request and am so thankful. It comes with a pay cut however my peace of mind and stress level have improved immensely. I am furtunate to be able to support my family on my income alone.

  • Reply Jen |

    Sorry to hear about the furloughs! It seems like everywhere is impacted. I know several people who work in healthcare who have been furloughed. I work in government, and there are rumblings that even we may not be safe from furlough.

    I guess the good news is that they aren’t layoffs.

So, what do you think ?