I am US citizen working in Virginia. I am employed (not contracted) in a salaried position by a small, 8-person company. I have been in this position for almost two years.
This is almost related to Fired from my job given two weeks notice but still expected to come to work not sure what is expected of me?, but the vague end-date has come and gone.
Back in March, I was told that my position would be ending. My boss was not terribly specific as to why. The timeline was predicted to be 4-7 weeks to wrap up various tasks. The reasons given have ranged from 'need someone part-time and cheaper', 'my skills would be wasted on the trivial day-to-day', and 'the projects discussed early in my job are all wrapping up'. There have been no formal performance reviews or salary actions. I have gotten the occasional informal "good job" and "That didn't work well" feedbacks.
I was told that I could spend company time looking for a new position. If I needed time off for interviews, that it would be approved. And that they would give glowing professional references.
Three months on, and I am still working here. The paychecks keep coming, so I'm okay there. From my point of view, there is plenty of work, and I have not been bored.
I think my biggest problem is the lack of engagement and ownership. I find it difficult to be motivated, start new projects, or dig into big problems, since 'I may not be here much longer'. I see small things break, document them, and correct them, but have little motivation to implement long-term fixes.
I thought about building a case as to why I should stay. But am not sure I want to fight to stay where I am apparently not wanted.
- Has anyone else been in this sort of situation
- Is there some particular advice on what to do
- What sort of mindset should I adopt to get me through this sanely
- How do I 'poke the bear', asking when my job will actually end without being terribly surprised that the answer is 'now'. (Virginia is a right-to-work state)
- Do I build and present my case as to why I should remain someplace that apparently doesn't want me?
edits and requests for clarification welcome
Update1: Yes, I have been applying for other jobs - and have had quite a number of interviews. No offer letters, though.
Update2: I am debating whether to leave the above details in this question or not.
What might cause a manager to decide to let a report's end-of-employement date silently lapse, and keep the employee working and paid past that date?
What are the implications or what sorts of issues would be expected to arise in such a work environment?