The day after we arrived at the start of our tour (07 July) in Thessaloniki, Greece, I received an e-mail from the HR person at the company I had spent a fair amount of time interviewing at. Would I be available for a quick call?
The fact that the e-mail had arrived was not terribly surprising, only because of the fact that my references had informed me that they had all been contacted with the idea of moving up the reference check if possible. Still, one never really knows in the current environment until "the letter arrives".
The letter, it seems, arrived, along with a formal job offer.
I have nothing to complain about. The offer is the top of the range that they informed me they had (yes, it is a pay cut, but that was to be expected) and a very fair offer. All the anticipated benefits that my industry typically offers (much to the relief of my family). They had a "no accrued PTO" policy in the sense that time off can be taken as requested (People acting as adults. Imagine that.). And they are accepting of the fact that I would like to work remotely to continue to manage the transition at Old Home.
I will have to go into the office again, which will be odd after three years of not going into the office. That said, as the job is still local (and thus, no move) and they are willing to accommodate "remote", I have nothing to complain about.
Start date is 05 July. That means I will have been "out of work" for 37 days and most of that by my own choice to accommodate plans which were already in motion.
Thanks be to God, of course. And thanks to all of you as well for your prayers, well wishes, and encouragement.
On the Former Employer front, things continue to implode. I was informed by my friend that is still working there that she was notified that she is being laid off, along with 50% of the remaining work force, at the end of the month (for clarity, the company will have no laid off 80% of its employees since September 2022). This was not really surprise to her, as the company announced it was going to pay everyone for the entire month on the first payday of the month to help "with financial planning". I have, in all my days, never heard of this as a policy ever.
It remains a sad truism that the first layoff is always the best one to be laid off in.
I anticipate one more entry in this series, documenting the quite slipping of the company below the waters of bankruptcy - less of an obituary and more of an acknowledgement of the passing of an institution that had far more impact on my life than I would have likely anticipated when I took the job originally. Such is the nature of such things: the most innocuous of items can produce impacts far beyond just the job itself.