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Old 02-24-2015, 07:00 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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It's been a while since I have appreciated someone's post as much as this one! So often in this Retirement Forum, people write of their jobs with bitterness, as if the jobs had been jail sentences. Not that I think the people are lying, not at all, as they ought to know what their feelings about their former jobs are. But I, like you, think it "is rather tragic".

My job was not all sweetness and light. Some moments, some years even, were very stressful and I look back with amazement at some of the stuff I put up with and survived. Yet at the end of the day - looking back at the 34 years 10 years after leaving the full-time part behind - there is a deep satisfaction. People sometimes approach me in public - at a library, on the sidewalk, at a supermarket (people who have grown up and whom I no longer recognize by sight) - to say, "Aren't you Mr. Escort Rider? Didn't you used to teach at __________?" An elementary school teacher at a school where I volunteer came up and addressed me in French; she had been a student in my French class. Their expressions reflect a certain positive regard which has survived a lot of years. I'm not denying that some people hated my guts, but I suppose those do not speak to me upon recognition. LOL

"Not everything is ephemeral." Indeed. Today, when I was at one of the schools at which I volunteer, a senior came up to me and invited me to the graduation which is now about three months off. I had sort of mentored him when he was a sixth grader, and I was already retired (just a volunteer) at that time. That simple invitation bespoke a residue of positive feeling, and is the sort of reward that no money can buy.
How wonderful for you, my friend. I'd rep you for this one if I could. These are the kinds of things that truly make our working lives worthwhile. We may just have to wait a bit for them.

Interestingly enough, now I even occasionally hear from members of an infantry platoon I commanded back in the 60s. We connected on a military-based forum after I retired and they don't hate me, LOL! We'll be getting together in October in Branson.
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Old 02-25-2015, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Beach
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My immediate boss knows that I'm retiring in 1 1/2 years. HR states that I should request the retirement package 90 days before my retirement date and complete all paperwork 30 days prior.
At the 2 year mark HR set me up with a "how to retire" class that not only including managing my money and health care but also Medical power of attorney and wills, volunteering and general retirement issues. This is in addition to series of webinars that they have provided for the last 10 years regarding monetary retirement planning. When I request my retirement package I will have another day long seminar on retirement.
My latest project will be fully operational by the end of the year leaving me six months to train my replacement and tighten necessary documentation.
I'm another one of those that really likes my job and want to leave it in good order. If I walked out the door tomorrow,would the company survive, of course, but I don't want my co-workers to scramble to do my job in addition to their own.
This company has been respectful of me during my time here, I just want to return the favor. Laugh or denigrate me all you want, but that's how I feel.
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Old 02-25-2015, 12:25 PM
 
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My immediate boss knows that I'm retiring in 1 1/2 years. HR states that I should request the retirement package 90 days before my retirement date and complete all paperwork 30 days prior.
At the 2 year mark HR set me up with a "how to retire" class that not only including managing my money and health care but also Medical power of attorney and wills, volunteering and general retirement issues. This is in addition to series of webinars that they have provided for the last 10 years regarding monetary retirement planning. When I request my retirement package I will have another day long seminar on retirement.
My latest project will be fully operational by the end of the year leaving me six months to train my replacement and tighten necessary documentation.
I'm another one of those that really likes my job and want to leave it in good order. If I walked out the door tomorrow,would the company survive, of course, but I don't want my co-workers to scramble to do my job in addition to their own.
This company has been respectful of me during my time here, I just want to return the favor. Laugh or denigrate me all you want, but that's how I feel.
You work for a good company. Most don't really want to hear about it and then when you go, they want you gone as quickly as possible.
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Old 02-25-2015, 12:26 PM
 
Location: CT
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One of the administrators where I work just retired after 35 years with the university, she knew the in and out of the university bureaucracy, she had systems in place and accommodated over 75 staff, faculty and students to keep things running smooth. She notified them 4 months in advance of her retirement, at 2months she asked if they had posted her job, no. At 1 month, had they posted her job? Well, yes, but only internally. On her final day, we had a nice luncheon for her, afterward she returned to her office to complete some unfinished paperwork (dedicated to the end), then she left for the final time. The next Monday, her office remained empty and it has remained empty for the past 3 months, we've all been told a hunt for a new admin is underway and to just ask another admin help if we need it (of course they don't appreciate getting dumped on). I think that was an insult to someone with a lot of experience, which could have been used to help the next person get up to speed, and she would have gladly done it. So, will I be diligent to inform them well in advance of my retirement? Not likely.
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Old 03-01-2015, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Bend Or.
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It's been a while since I have appreciated someone's post as much as this one! So often in this Retirement Forum, people write of their jobs with bitterness, as if the jobs had been jail sentences. Not that I think the people are lying, not at all, as they ought to know what their feelings about their former jobs are. But I, like you, think it "is rather tragic".

My job was not all sweetness and light. Some moments, some years even, were very stressful and I look back with amazement at some of the stuff I put up with and survived. Yet at the end of the day - looking back at the 34 years 10 years after leaving the full-time part behind - there is a deep satisfaction. People sometimes approach me in public - at a library, on the sidewalk, at a supermarket (people who have grown up and whom I no longer recognize by sight) - to say, "Aren't you Mr. Escort Rider? Didn't you used to teach at __________?" An elementary school teacher at a school where I volunteer came up and addressed me in French; she had been a student in my French class. Their expressions reflect a certain positive regard which has survived a lot of years. I'm not denying that some people hated my guts, but I suppose those do not speak to me upon recognition. LOL

"Not everything is ephemeral." Indeed. Today, when I was at one of the schools at which I volunteer, a senior came up to me and invited me to the graduation which is now about three months off. I had sort of mentored him when he was a sixth grader, and I was already retired (just a volunteer) at that time. That simple invitation bespoke a residue of positive feeling, and is the sort of reward that no money can buy.
I could not agree more even though My situation is different. I actually gave "unofficial" 3 years notice!
Then followed up with an Official 6 months notice. I work for an Employee Owned company, and with my help we have grown by leaps and bounds over the past 24 years. Being a Construction Project Manager, I was very involved with that growth. To give early notice and help train a replacement, and make sure he is off to a good start is to leave a legacy, and I take great pride in it. The demands of my job have greatly grown since the old days and to just jump in and try to take over would be crushing.

Together we built a great company and I have a very nice share balance because of that growth. I owe it to the ones that helped me get there to make sure it continues. And realistically, since it takes a few years to draw the retirement funds out of the ESOP, there is a very real financial benefit as well.

And today, 90 days away, I file for Social Security.......YAY!
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Old 03-01-2015, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Finally escaped The People's Republic of California
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Interesting read..
I've let them know about my up coming retirement in 6 months. Actually let them know 6 months ago. Can't do the official paperwork till 90 days out....
That's right Curmudgeon, 6 months to go.
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Old 03-07-2015, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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Well I have been given my notice. My colonel called my cell while I was vacationing in Korea to tell me the results of the board (bi-annual retention board) was that I would be retired this year. Though I do not have a date it is usually before summer ends so we are looking at July or Aug. While that news isn't really a big deal because I now get my weekends back, it does put my current full time employment in jeopardy. Since I just got home and have not talked to the office yet the standard thing that happens is my employment would end 30 Sep 2015. I am not quite 58 and would find getting new employment at my current compensation difficult I would be able to collect on retirement income. I am not sure how I feel about this because it really hasn't sunk in yet. I will know more by Monday. The office is at a critical juncture with a major change that I am a key person in. My hope is that they keep me aboard for an additional year as a contractor (same pay rate), and keep my retirement on hold for that year so I can finish out the project then go into retirement only a year earlier then I had planned. My fingers are crossed, Monday is just around the corner.
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Old 03-13-2015, 02:45 AM
 
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well it may be a blessing in disguise if you were planning to retire anyway.

the extra year in the scheme of things i doubt will influence the long range plan of things either way.

i gave notice a year ago and now that i have 75 working days left they are scrambling to step up the search for a replacement.

but i have my buisness day count down calcultor counting down daily on my terminal , i love watching it daily lol...

just working part time nowe gave me a taste of what it will be like and i am looking forward to it so much more.
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Old 03-13-2015, 04:12 AM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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well it may be a blessing in disguise if you were planning to retire anyway.

the extra year in the scheme of things i doubt will influence the long range plan of things either way.

i gave notice a year ago and now that i have 75 working days left they are scrambling to step up the search for a replacement.

but i have my buisness day count down calcultor counting down daily on my terminal , i love watching it daily lol...

just working part time nowe gave me a taste of what it will be like and i am looking forward to it so much more.

Yes in a way it is. It actually is sort of a relief. I did talk with my boss. Their plan is to request a one year extension to get past this major change that I am subject matter expert (SME). They could do it on their own but it will be easier if I am there with them. I am going ahead though as if that will not happen. Until I get orders extending me I must play the game as if I am done in September. I have already requested my retirement estimate and that should arrive in a couple of weeks. OPM is slow. That is the reason to continue as if it is ending. I won't be able to do the same for my military pension as I am still 2 years out from being able to receive any of that.

I haven't put in a daily countdown meter but it might be fun.

When it is all said and done, we will be able to make it through the transition. Two years is a bit of time to muddle through with half the income I expect but... I can find something part time to carry me past that. I have skills and knowledge that are still marketable.
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Old 03-13-2015, 01:30 PM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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I haven't put in a daily countdown meter but it might be fun.
This one is free
How much time is left?
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