Am I entitled to severance if I don’t want my postmerger job?

NINE TO FIVE: Sunday, Apr. 24, 2016

THE QUESTION

In a merger of companies, do you always have the option of taking a severance if you don’t want the new job offered to you (assuming you get one)?

THE ANSWER

When a company is acquired or merges with another, employees from both sides of the transaction are affected. These changes are often a time for career reflection, usually with a bit of imagination required.

Ask yourself some heartfelt questions:

  • If I don’t stay with the new company, what is my heart’s desire?
  • Should I start putting some money away for that, or for an employment lull?
  • Have I been keeping my skills up to date, acquiring new ones, and staying on top of my game with current trends and what the competition is doing?

Take some time to think about how happy you are in the work you do now, compared to when you started.

The biggest mistake people make with their careers is that they don’t plan, or dream, or carry out what they really want; they just allow life to happen to them.

Place yourself in a positive mindset first. Start putting pen to paper and transforming dreams into goals. Notice if your heart starts to beat a little faster.

Maybe it’s the right time to start being your own boss, start a new career, go back to school, join forces with a colleague in a partnership, travel the world, or move up the corporate ladder with a new position. Or maybe it’s time to slow down and work part-time.

The options can be endless with some soul-searching, number-crunching, and a little imagination.

Colleen Clarke
Career Specialist and Corporate Trainer

Author of Networking How To Build Relationships That Count and How To Get a Job and Keep It