So, as promised, a few more details.
First I want to say that when rumors started spreading I panicked. I got pretty worried pretty quickly because now that I have a family I have to be a reasonably responsible adult instead of not having a care in the world.
The reason for the panic was two fold:
1 - Rumors were around about changes happening but none of the higher ups were willing or (as I found out eventually) able to speak about it.
2 - Incomplete information.
To start out, somewhere around 1 - 1.5 years back my company started doing some pilot programs in certain markets to see how new staffing structures would work out.
The main one that they did was in Chicago where they ran a program that got rid of every person in my position (which is usually 11-15 people per store) and replaced them with 5 newly created positions. So you have 15 people being condensed into 5 people and everyone else who did not get one of the new positions was fired on the spot with a severance package to help until they found something new.
So, when rumors started spreading that something was about to go down everyone immediately jumped to the company rolling out this test program nation wide.
If you all remember I just changed stores to a new location about 6 months ago which means that I am one of the newest people in my position and there are others who have been around a good long while who have already built up a great repor with the senior staff in the store.
Not knowing where I stand in the grand scheme of things is scary when you are looking at potentially not having a job and not being able to provide for your family within a matter of weeks.
So, I figuratively shit myself and started asking friends if there workplace was hiring. I was making plans and trying to figure out how to not lose income so my family did not suffer in this time of transition.
So, secret Store Manager Meetings were held. Emergency Conference Calls were held. Rumors spread and then people started finding out the truth.
Through the companies Social Media and shared among forums on the net where you can post anonymously information began to leak out and all of that information was not only more positive but it slowly became verified through other annon sources.
Yesterday, in meetings across the company that were all coordinated to run at the exact same time no matter what time zone you were in, the information was officially released to us and it happened to be almost exactly what we all had been reading for the previous week down to the names of the new positions and what happens to those that don't get them.
So, here it is. Much like what rolled out in the test market the position I am currently in will no longer exist come January 27th.
Starting today everyone in my position has the option to be considered for one of the new positions or they have the option to step down.
If you want to be considered you get an interview and on the 27th our Store Manager will announce who got which of the new positions.
Everyone who does not want to be considered and everyone who did not get one of the new positions will be stepped down to another new position. This position was created just for this situation and is temporary.
You have 12 months to find another, permanent, position within the company (or outside of the company if that is the route you choose to take). If, after one year, you have not found something then you will be let go.
So, the gist is that I will either receive a new position with more responsibility and a slight boost in pay or I will be given a year (at my current pay rate) to find another job within the company. While it is not ideal it is very fair and it has set my mind at ease as I have applied for (and received) many positions over the years.
So, while those positions might be lower than I currently exist and pay a little less it still allows me to continue the career that I have chosen and go back to working my way up the company ladder again.
I have been here a long time and I do not want that to change.
And there you have it.
A story about what is going down in my retail life.