First, there was very real talk that I might need to go back to some sort of patient care role if WI experienced a surge in COVID cases (I mentioned it here and then shared about some anxiety related to that here). It seemed like maybe that ship had sailed, as I hadn’t been selected in the first rounds of re-deployment and so far, there hasn’t been a massive surge like they were concerned about…so I was sort of breathing a little sigh of relief about it.
Then, last week we received an email stating our hospital would be implementing various salary cuts in response to millions of dollars of revenue deficits it is facing. The email also said they would start flexing down many positions and potentially furloughing some people, but no specific details were shared about my position at that time. (More about that here)
I just wanted to share a quick update about all of that, since I finally did have a meeting with my boss last Friday afternoon. Basically, my department and role have to cut 30% of our workforce down over the next at least 8 weeks. So, this means that my full time 40 hour/week position needs to decrease by 12 hours per week, down to 28 hours/ week, effective this week.
Boo!!! I knew things didn’t sound good in the email but was crossing my fingers that somehow we magically wouldn’t be affected. They are allowing usage of accrued vacation time, but considering I just went to Mexico recently, I already ate up the majority of my accrued time so far this year. I think I have something like 8 hours available of PTO to use. Double boo.
I feel overall okay about this, however, since honestly I was worried that my position was going to be completely furloughed. I had sort of prepared myself mentally for the worst. I realize my job doesn’t provide direct patient care and isn’t “essential” technically, so I really was concerned that we might be chosen to just be completely laid off! So on the one hand, I feel relieved that my salary is “only” going to be cut by 30%. (I mean, this still seems like A LOT…but 30% is better than being cut by 100%).
I am trying to stay focused on the fact that a) I still have a job, b) I still have a solid income, and c) I still will have my healthcare benefits during this time. These are all positives!
Anyway, that’s enough about that. Like I said, no use crying over spilled milk! Today will be one of my first reduced hours days- I am planning to take one 1/2 day off plus one full day off per week (4+8= the 12 hours required off). This week I am taking the half day Tuesday and full day Wednesday. I figured I might as well lump them together to have a nice little chunk off mid week. On the plus side, the extra hours off will be nice in terms of helping the boys with school stuff, and maybe I’ll actually get to some projects around the house. I would much rather I was getting PAID for this time…but I guess I’ll try to make the best of it.
|At least my lilies are blooming! They are so pretty.|
I have a few quotes I want to share in closing today lest the above all seem very Debbie Downer-like for my “Grateful Kae”/ positivity based blog. 😉
1. I just have to share another couple of 5 am Joel’s emails that I received recently (if you don’t know who he is, I highly recommend checking out my previous post about him here: Some Wisdom on a Wednesday: 5 am Joel, “How to Money” and Kind People).
He sent a daily email I think on April 15th that I also loved and saved that was titled “What Weakens You, Strengthens You.” He talks about how hard choices and tough times in life actually are opportunities to make ourselves better and how terrible our lives would actually be if everything were handed to us on a silver platter. It all sounds cliche, but it really is true! Read the brief message here.
Anyway, I liked a quote I saw though from it: “You drown not by falling into the river, but by staying submerged in it.” Good one!
3. I shared this image on my personal FB page yesterday (well, I originally shared it a year ago when we had a bunch of SNOW at the very end of April, which was quite irritating). I had run across it online and loved it then, and FB reminded me yesterday of it, so I decided to share it again (even though thank goodness, this year we did NOT have any snow). A good life motto, I think, even if you sub out the “snow” for some other difficulty:
Today I am focusing on the gratitude I feel that I still have a job! I may have reduced hours, but I still have a job, I have an income, I have benefits. I will choose to focus on these things! I am also grateful that though not ideal at all nor my preference, the reduced hours may lighten the burden a little bit during these last weeks of homeschooling the boys.