Last Friday we were expecting our second severance check…it was not received. One of my terminated co-workers reached out to me asking if I had plans to speak to Human Resources for a status update as this person had no intention of speaking to anyone at the former employer ever again. It was a matter of trust which had been irrevocably broken. Me, being the loud mouth that I am, became our little group’s spokesperson and sent an e-mail to HR. The HR director asked me if I was sure I was entitled to another check as she believed I was paid in one lump sum. How can that be when we were informed we would be paid bi-weekly plus I do believe I know how to balance my check book?!? Today I received a response from one of her underlings who asked me to please work with her in order to assure a smooth transition. Amazing! I gave this company 16 years of absolute loyalty! I had placed my trust and faith in my former director and the HR department only to discover that it was not warranted. A company such as this does not deserve unwavering loyalty. We were just cogs in a machine and when the parts wear out, they are replaced. Does anyone truly believe I will placidly work with them in the near future? If you do, I have a wonderful bridge to sell you in Brooklyn!