Link to information if you have been “downsized” due to age.
My stream of conscious post brought a lot of comments and it made me think of how so many of us are being tossed out because of how many years we have lived. All of us sooner or later if we are lucky will face this kind of discrimination. I say lucky because it is a blessing to live to an age where you can reflect on your life and enjoy some of it without having to scrounge around trying to find enough to live on. I am lucky with that so far. Having a pension which really is getting more and more rare has really helped but with the cost of living how long? I was downsized at 63. I hoped to work until reaching my maximum age for retirement and also to collect my maximum social security. Instead shockingly I was let go from my job of 27 years due to “downsizing”. The odd part is I was the only one in my department let go. The department had gone from eleven employees to over twenty over recent years. When I started there were no computers everything was done manually. Still we got all the work done. I find that quite interesting. They had started hiring younger recent college graduates. Today they come pretty cheap. A lot cheaper than a long time employee. Secretarial and clerical work which I did also became obsolete although I learned every program and machine they put in front of me and also taught others. There one minute gone the next. I did get a very nice separation agreement so I signed off and there I was gone. After all those years I got my stuff Fed Exed to my house. It was a shock to see your whole working life shoved in a couple of boxes. I heard from some of my friends and still am Facebook friends with some of them but it isn’t the same. How could it be? I had thought my working life would be a nice little lunch and a thank you for your service. Instead it was a couple of FedEx boxes with shoes and stuffed animals that decorated my desk.
It is interesting how employers think that letting go of an experienced employee is a good idea. Wonder what the cost is in productivity when you are constantly training college graduates that replace the dedicated employee over and over when they get experience and go elsewhere? Part of the problem as I see it today in our economy is the tossing out of experience and intelligence that has taken years to obtain. People see others let go like this and it doesn’t exactly make them feel a connection to the company either. Perhaps that is why the quality of the goods we produce isn’t there any more.
Myself I am not bitter I am glad I didn’t give any more of my life to that place. With the cost of transportation actually it would be costing me more. With the pension and no travel expenses etc. that go with work I am better off. I just wonder if they are.
If this has happened to you and you feel that you have been discriminated against go get educated and see if there is something you can do. Age discrimination is hard to prove but it is against the law. People that aren’t as old as I am are suffering because they need to work but have trouble finding jobs.The changes in health insurance coverage has also made this very difficult because of the concerns of health problems in older people. What’s next discrimination against women of child bearing age because of the cost of pregnancy??
I am sure that already exists in the shadows. If you are a young person reading this it concerns you. You are the ones that will have to take care of your senior parents if their income stops prematurely what will that do to their retirement funds??
So that is my view. I would love to hear yours. Thanks for reading!!