I've recently found out that I'm probably going to be let go from my job in the next week or two. Now what?
I've seen this question
, but my circumstances are different.
One of the owners of my company has recently decided to take more of an interest in the company itself. As such, he's started restructuring--so far, in my company of about 40 people, all but three of us have had private meetings with him and then been assigned more/different jobs.
Today, my boss (not, confusingly, my supervisor) let it slip that I should be prepared to "defend [my] job" to the owner.
My supervisor and I have a long history in which she hates me (this is documented and something that the CEO of the company has noticed and is aware of). If she's asked to defend the necessity of my position, she will not do so--she's made it quite clear that she'd like nothing more than to fire me, but she hasn't been able to find a reason to.
Today, the other coworkers and I (the ones who've not had meetings with the owner) phoned our ombudsman--the person we're supposed to go to with any sort of conflicts or problems we feel we can't discuss elsewhere. On this phone call, she admitted that she doesn't think that this is going to end well and suggested, off the record, that we start looking for new jobs.
This isn't performance related--so far as I can tell, it's just being decided that these three positions aren't necessary and are going to be phased out.
What should I do to prepare for this? I've cleaned most of my personal stuff out of my desk, just in case, and I've backed up my files (just, obviously, the ones that aren't proprietary). What else should I do, workwise?
Also, what should I do personally? I know that unemployment is really stressful, and once I lose this job, I'll also be losing my health care, which covers about $1000 a month in medication for a chronic health condition. There's about $500 in the bank, but we've been living mostly hand to mouth since my partner was laid off a year ago. She's found part-time work, but it doesn't have any benefits, and it's only twenty hours a week. Any suggestions on how to brace ourselves for the psychological and medical fallout?
(COBRA coverage won't be an option--the cost is prohibitive.)
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