A MegaCorp colleague that I’m friends with on Facebook just posted that she had reached her 39th work anniversary.
Amazing – 39 years!
I was a bit surprised as I thought she had retired soon after I did. Her & her husband had moved to Florida, so I figured she had moved on. Apparently she is just working ‘remotely’ at the job she has had for a long time, albeit far away from what is commonly called the the ‘MGO’ … MegaCorp’s ’Main General Office’.
As someone who stopped drawing a paycheck almost 5 years ago, it’s hard to know how to react to people have such long, loyal careers. I see the work anniversary notifications for colleagues who are still clocking forward on LinkedIn all of the time.
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Many people I worked with have surpassed 30 years of work and some of the younger people who once worked for me now have had careers longer than my own. One woman I knew early in my career reached her 55th work anniversary – one of the longest in MegaCorp history.
I sometimes think about making a self-deprecating comment about my obvious laziness when I see these announcements, but I don’t want to seem like I am making their post ‘about me’. I just check the ‘Like’ button, say ‘Congrats’, and move on.
The fact is, I can’t really relate to the pride people have in reaching such lofty anniversaries and will never have that experience myself. Of course, they won’t ever have my early retirement experience either.
I won’t be too disappointed with that trade off … 🙂
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!
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