I just found out that my employer is forcing us into a company-wide week-long shutdown. Most of the company will be taking mandatory vacation at the end of the year. However, since I work in manufacturing and we have a year-end production goal to meet, our "vacation" is scheduled for the beginning of the year. Combined with the company holidays that we have for Christmas and New Year, I'll be off work for nearly three weeks. I'm fortunate to have just enough vacation time to cover this shutdown, but it's going to wipe out my vacation time reserve. I had a feeling that this would be coming, so I have been pretty diligent in the last six months in minimising my vacation time usage. Guess I'll have some time to do some serious solder melting.
The other fun thing that I learned is that our next scheduled merit pay raise has been cancelled. Awesome news. I'm just waiting for the next kick in the nuts to come. Isn't this economy great?