I previously mentioned that my employer was probably unaware that I was hitting the 29 year mark of employment. Yesterday I found a letter from the Human Resources office which had been sent while I was on vacation. It began,
You have been identified as an employee who is eligible
for retirement on or before July 1, 2016."
O-kay. Should I feel good (hey, they know I work for them!) or worried? (Here's your hat, what's your hurry). After all, I was officially eligible for retirement last year. The next paragraph "reassures" me that the decision to retire is a personal one. (Translation: Even though we're an "at will" state and can fire you whenever we please, we'd rather not push you out the door and have you run to an attorney).
I'm then fed the standard governmental we're-here-to-help-you line which offers me the option of attending a workshop provided by our State Retirement System to aid in planning my retirement. But it is MANDATORY I reply by June 17th in order to retire by July 1st. And the date of the workshop?
JULY 18th. After work, of course. Except technically, that's also after retirement. I wonder if they suspect trouble? The workshop is being held at the Sheriff's Department Training facility which....wait for it...use to be the old jail.
No wonder people don't embrace government or public service as a career choice any more.
For the record, I politely declined. Just think how much more comical this could get if I stick around a little while longer.