Flexibility is worth a lot. I look for fit, I have to like who I work with and what I do. Work life balance, I've had jobs that expect you to be on call 24 hours a day and it sucked. Money, I don't do it for fun. Work has to be beneficial for both the employer and employee, we are seeing a big shift from the days when people just put up with anything for a paycheck. They are realizing that they can go find another job and the attitude of having to have the same job for an entire career is going the way of the Dodo.I wouldn’t say it’s about doing the least amount of work for most people but having a well balanced work/personal life is essential for parents.
I got gas money once for hauling 5 cases of “Spotted Cow” back from Wisconsin when I was passing thru.A while back this big fat loudmouth and his pipsqueak son offered me $80k if I could haul 400 cases of Coors from Texarkana to Atlanta in 28 hours. I pulled it off and it paid out pretty good, those were 1970s dollars. If another deal like that came around, I'd probably quit the full-time gig and take the bet again.
Your story is a reminder that even the most loyal employers are as loyal as an employer can be. 20 years and you get a kick in the butt when they had to do what they had to do.One thing not mentioned is when the decision to leave the job is determined by the employer. I was laid off in 2020 during the pandemic lockdown after working for my company for over 20 years. I am an older worker and have been in the post-college job market for many years. That really made me consider what job factors are important to me at this point in my life.
That's why you only need to be loyal to yourself. Your employer couldn't give a **** less about you.Your story is a reminder that even the most loyal employers are as loyal as an employer can be. 20 years and you get a kick in the butt when they had to do what they had to do.