“no”

It’s important to remember that an answer to your question can come in many forms. Like if you ask for something, sometimes your answer will come in a change of circumstances rather than a direct response.
Yesterday I was pretty pissed about our company’s change in their education policy. They just added a clause that states if you leave the company for any reason other than “reduction in workforce” (aka downsized, like in this economy), within 3 years of receiving education assistance, you will be required to pay the money back. For me that translates in to four years getting a degree plus three years of abiding by this new clause equals not even THINKING about leaving H & S to have kids until I’m 32 years old.
Thanks, but no thanks.
I’m not going to risk being the best mother I could be in order to get the best possible paycheck at some point in the future.
It’s really as simple as that for me. But the thing that gets me is that they didn’t wait to resolve my pending request, or even let me know that this change was coming. So rather than a straightforward response, I get this memo that feels like a direct attack on my age, sex, and childbearing status. Legitimate, maybe. Slap in the face, sure feels like it.
Oh well, I guess. It’s not like I’m not accustomed to things not going my way from time to time. I was prepared for the possibility that I wasn’t going to get what I wanted anyway. I sure wish my answer had come to me directly, but it has come none the less.
On to the next.

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