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Old 01-11-2005, 01:10 PM   #1
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How to get the most $ when leaving the co.?

I haven't posted in awhile (still reading the boards) as I'm working my plan to retire this year. I've done the following:
1. Got health checks
2. Got Finances in order
3. Found health insurance
Next Steps:
A. Sell the house
B. Give notice - this is the question area

I want to give a 2 weeks notice and be out the door Aug.1 of this year.
Question? Do you have any ideas how I can maximize the amount of money I get out of the company. I can not think of any. Don't mention consulting or being available etc - I won't be.

My manager may want me around until he finds a replacement and possibly a training period. I can see using that as a period of lighter work but, I can not see how to get more $ out of the situation.
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Re: How to get the most $ when leaving the co.?
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Hoard the ball point pens and paperclips

Seriously though... see if your employer has a cafeteria plan, or anything like that. My last employer had a plan that would give you 20% free money if you put at least $500 on your card... since they only keep track of the cash value of the card, you can "cash out" when you leave employment.
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Hoard the ball point pens and paperclips . . .
If you start now you should be able to collect enough tablets, pens, pencils and paper clips to last through retirement. But if you really want to get ahead, go for the staplers and tape dispensers.
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Question? *Do you have any ideas how I can maximize the amount of money I get out of the company.
Take pictures of the CEO doing his secretary?

Nobody is going to pay you to leave unless:

1) You've got a golden parachute clause in your contract.

2) Your company offers a voluntary early retirement program.

You can try becoming really obnoxious and see if they'll fire you. That way you may get severance and be elligible for unemployment insurance.
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Take pictures of the CEO doing his secretary?
I'm sure I have those on my hard drive somewhere...I'll email those to him.
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Is there an ending date of the fiscal year through which you must work in order to be eligible for a bonus or profit sharing? This will definitely play a major role in deciding the date I give my employer notice of leaving.
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"If you start now you should be able to collect enough tablets, pens, pencils and paper clips to last through retirement. But if you really want to get ahead, go for the staplers and tape dispensers. "
I'm going to have to stock up

I didn't hold out much hope for an answer to my question. I guess I wanted to get that little extra some folks always get - you know an offer to retire early, a consulting contract where you don't have to show up.
I've been working since I was 15 and never even collected unemployment insurance - I know that is a good thing.

Working does provide some benefits I will have to pay for after stopping besides pens and paper;
free internet access
discounts on cell phone plans
discounts on various stores

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Don't forget to take the toilet paper

I don't agree about no unemployment comp. being a
good thing. I had several periods of unemployment and
enjoyed every one. I always felt like it was a vacation,
and getting that comp. check..........priceless!

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I haven't posted in awhile (still reading the boards) as I'm working my plan to retire this year. *I've done the following:
1. Got health checks
2. Got Finances in order
3. Found health insurance
Next Steps:
A. Sell the house
B. Give notice - this is the question area
C. Read all company policies - preferably on company time.
D. Check vacation policy - is it better to use all vacation before retiring or get lump sum after. Does lump sum count in pension. It didn't when I retired.
E. Call auto insurance company - ask about difference in cost for pleasure use only.
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F. (May not apply to you, I dunno.) Exercise all remaining stock options within the required time period. All the stock options I have been granted have accelerated expiration provisions if I leave the company -- after all, the point is to make sure you're staying around for a while longer.

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One thing that you may wish to do is check out what your employer has done with other ER's. Since they are now free on parole, they would be able to tell you what to expect. I would never suggest that you attempt to lift a heavy box the last month of your employment and file a workers compensation claim. That would be wrong.
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Thanks for all the replies - I've most of them in mind - maybe not the workers comp angel.

I guess I was just thinking that I've worked since I was 15 and I never was one of those people who got money handed to them. I wanted to be one of those people who when they left the company they were given something to leave. Fortunately the company is doing well so no such offers exist.
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Re: unemployment - my comment ment that I was never out of work so I didn't need to collect it.
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Hello dex. Yes, I understood and my comment only meant
that I enjoyed unemployment and especially getting the comp. checks. I only posted that as I suspect this is
a somewhat unusual reaction to losing your job.

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I want to give a 2 weeks notice and be out the door Aug.1 of this year.
Question? Do you have any ideas how I can maximize the amount of money I get out of the company. I can not think of any. Don't mention consulting or being available etc - I won't be.

My manager may want me around until he finds a replacement and possibly a training period. I can see using that as a period of lighter work but, I can not see how to get more $ out of the situation.
I did not check your previous posts so I don't know your exact circumstances but usually if you're near retirement age, most companies have customized early exit plans. They do realize that most employees in these situations are not motivated to maximize their contributions so to prolong the situation is not good for both the company and the employees involved. If you're resolved to retire then make an appointment with your HR representative and negotiate a early retirement package.

Most of the time, if you're an average to above average employee, the company will not take the initiative to offer you an early retirement package; you're simply under the radar. So if you fit the above criteria, you can either stay under the radar until you give notice or you can take the initiative and start your negotiation process. Most of the times, from the company's perspective, if you're going to leave, the company would prefer that you leave now than x months later. Use that leverage to negotiate for:
- immediate departure (two weeks notice or less)
- cash for unused vacation times
- paid salary for rest of the year
- bonus for the year (if applicable)
- all unvested options vested (if you have options start there and work backward to the most recent unvested options. Then start negotiate for extending the most time for exercising these options..)
- health benefits
- LOA until planned date of retirement; this will entitle you to an 'employed' status for any kind of financial applications in the mean time ie. CC, HELOC, Mortgage refinance etc.
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They do realize that most employees in these situations are not motivated to maximize their contributions so to prolong the situation is not good for both the company and the employees involved. If you're resolved to retire then make an appointment with your HR representative and negotiate a early retirement package.
I planning to leave in about 3 1/2 months. My important responsibilites over the last several years have slowly diminished. I would be concerned that they might come up with an excuse to cut me loose before I am ready to leave with minimum severance compensation.

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fln,
Good advise. I'll ask the question. It wasn't on my agenda to do so. The company I work for is a new one. Only been around since '85. I'm one of the older employees at 50.
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I planning to leave in about 3 1/2 months. My important responsibilites over the last several years have slowly diminished. I would be concerned that they might come up with an excuse to cut me loose before I am ready to leave with minimum severance compensation.

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Disclaimer: my comments only apply to general situations and not individual circumstances. That said, in general, if you're near retirement age, most companies would avoid cutting you loose with reduced compensation ie. compensation that you would have been entitled to if you stay until the official date. This is due in some part to skirting any flavor of age discrimination, morale impacts ie. grapevine talks and ultimately, it's just not worth the trouble to them.
From the company's perspective if you're in a certain age braket, they would do exactly what you describe with you and avoid the trouble unless you bail them out by initiating the early retirement discussion in which case, most companies would prefer to give you what you are entitled to and get on with life sooner rather than later (ie. filling the job, phasing out the job etc.).
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in general, if you're near retirement age, most companies would avoid cutting you loose with reduced compensation ie. compensation that you would have been entitled to if you stay until the official date. This is due in some part to skirting any flavor of age discrimination, morale impacts ie. grapevine talks and ultimately, it's just not worth the trouble to them.
I know an engineer, 3 months from qualifying for medical benefits, was laid off from Nortel. She begged to stay on for 3 additional months even without pay, but Nortel refused it. She had been working for Nortel for almost 20 years. Apparently, they must have a program that flags anyone who is near retirement age eligible for pension or benefits. In an attempt to avoid getting sued from age descrimination, they would put older workers into a project scheduled for termination. When they terminate the project, they would claim "project/portfolio re-alignment" and lay off the older or undesirable workers.

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Hi Spanky! Assuming your Nortel story is accurate
(I have no reason to doubt it), I think this is perfectly
acceptable. It may be unfair, immoral, discourteous,
mean, deliberately cruel, etc. All of that is preferable
to having a law preventing Nortel from doing it.
I believe employment "at will" should cover all employers/employees in all situations.
BTW, I feel just the same about romance .

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