Bob just wants to work
The familiar sights and sounds greet Bob, as he walks to the cafeteria for the big meeting. For twenty-seven years, he has walked this well-worn path. Past the time clock and rest rooms, past the parts storage racks and the maintenance cage, he walks. He was a young man when he took this walk for the first time. He had just finished high school. The plant paid good money at the time. He never thought about the future. He just kept going to work every day.
Things were different today. There was an air of unreality, like a dream, in each step. There were no smiles or laughter, no slaps on the back or horseplay from friends. This was a day he thought would never come. Today was the day; the company was closing the plant. They were moving to China.
All the rumors said that the meeting would help everyone, “transition”. Bob couldn’t imagine what this was about. Words like resume and cover letters were completely foreign to him. He had left his youth somewhere on that well-worn path to the cafeteria. Now at age 46, some college guy is telling him to “market himself”. Bob just wants to work and get paid. He wonders why something so simple is now suddenly so hard.