The winds of change.
After many years of dedicated service, from being a full time graphic artist, pre-press tech, press operator, and manager of Finishing and Bindery - all for the same company - I find myself with a 3 page letter of resignation in my hand.
About a week ago, in a corporate office, far, far away, someone had decided my position was overpaid. And that a formidable 20+% percent pay cut was to be issued. I smiled both in shock, and amusement, as I read the letter sent - depicting the new salary, while re-listing all the same duties I do now.
The very next day I reached out to a company that we’ve been doing business with for sometime. They hired me on the spot.
I called the department head who composed the document stating my “new role and salary”. I told him “You should have fired me”. What company cuts the pay of an individual, and keeps them in the same location, with the same responsibilities? It’s a demoralization I didn’t think still existed in the modern world.
Had I been the malicious type, being so deeply rooted in the company, I could have caused some serious havoc. I chose to kick my boots up on my desk instead.
In any event, i’ll be hanging up my designer’s hat (at least as a full time gig). Maybe i’ll have a chance to get my freelance back into gear.