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Old 03-10-2013, 06:35 PM   #21
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Mill, I feel for you. Reading your story it seems as if, like so many incidents, there were multiple events cascading towards this injury. It's unfortunate that the blame game led to the foreman losing his job and you coming close to doing so. I hope the company will learn from the investigation and address the root causes. Hopefully the injured employee will make a full recovery and be compensated appropriately. So many times, corners are cut because of the bottom line. It is very scary to know the risks but not to have any ability to control them. That can lead to stress, hypertension, and self destructive habits. It is a very good reason to plan for a way out.
Probably each of us has had to watch our workplace, at one point or the other, turn into a "theater of the absurd." What is gut-wrenching in Mill's story, though, is it seems it's becoming too common, too frequent. The human cost -- for the injured man, the foreman, for Mill--seems just too high.

"Crises" in my teaching career could not compare to the trauma of this story. (The closest incident might be when I broke up a fight between the varsity quarterback and a former gang member.) But when the crises did come, one balm for my nerves (and anger) was planning those exit strategies. LBYM gave us freedom our neighbors couldn't enjoy, when they were using home equity lines of credit to build on additions, buy boats and RV's, go on cruises.

In the last decade of my career, I saved most of my salary, just so I could RE if I got too disgusted. When checking the monthly 401K statement and funding the Roth IRA's, my confidence would grow that, if needed, I had a "way out."

It worked. And there's no line of credit to pay off.

Hang in there, Mill; and best wishes with Plans A and/or B.

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Old 03-10-2013, 07:08 PM   #22
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Sorry about your high-stress j#b situation. IMHO- Some bosses seem to encourage paycheck-to-paycheck spending so employees have little choice but to put up with increasing levels of BS or even abuse. Having a solid financial cushion is always a good idea.

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Old 03-12-2013, 06:02 AM   #23
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Glad you made it through the mess. The part that impresses me is that you understand the game, have the method for escape under control.

Way ahead of the pack. I am sure it give comfort when things get sticky.
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Old 03-16-2013, 10:40 PM   #24
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OP here. Thank you all for the encouraging replies. All seems somewhat calm now on the job front after the go-arounds making sure that me and my boss, and bosses bosses bosses have our a$$es fully covered.

The injured man is expected to make a full recovery, and he should be back on the job within a few weeks, which is great. I do not know how good the contractor health insurance/short-term-disability coverage is, but I hope they take care of him. I dont know him personally, but its a low-paying job and Ive talked with him enough that I know that he is living paycheck-to-paycheck with 2 dependents, so his med bills might be devistating. Sad to think about.

Ive been asked to be on the interview panel for the newly open foreman position, and it should be an interresting experience. It will be a first for me.

Ive taken all advice/encouragement to heart. I especially like whoever posted: "Glad to stay, prepared to go." In a short time, that will be me. Until then, its the daily grind.

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Old 03-17-2013, 03:46 AM   #25
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Thanks for posting your story Mill. I can relate to this quite a bit. While not exactly the same, my wife and I are dealing with a difficult work situation that pays well. We are years away from FI and we have often asked whether it is worth hanging on. I think you have the right attitude. There are situations that are not worth killing yourself for obviously, but I think it is important to focus on the freedom of choice/opportunity that we are working towards. Hang in there.
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Old 03-17-2013, 07:32 AM   #26
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Originally Posted by Mill View Post
"Glad to stay, prepared to go."

I learned a valuable lesson my very first paid job. At the time I was wrenching, but it was the best thing that could have happened. They hired me at a grocery store during the tourist season, then invented a reason to get rid of me when things slacked-off. It was an early lesson: employees are only employed at the whim of the employer. From then on out, every now and then when I get my paycheck, I remind myself "we're even" (neither one of us owe the other).


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