Found this old photo of Cindy and Mark, with Mark’s wife at the time, Kerri, at the going away party that I held for Mark. It was a rough time at the company and Mark had been hoping for a promotion, which didn’t happen, so he resigned.
I had to fight for every little morsel for my people, and that year we all got shafted hard when it came time for raises. I was limited to a 3% raise across the board for all of my departments, and was told that if I wanted anyone else to get more than 3% that I had to take a commensurate amount away from one of my other workers. I decided to give them the 3% across the board, and that wasn’t enough to keep Mark.
Mark had just graduated from college and had just gotten married to Kerri. I don’t blame him a bit for leaving the company. The good news is that about 6 months later the company won a big contract with the Navy and we had to hire more people. I was able to get good money for a few positions, so I tracked down Mark and asked him to come back. He came back, with a nice raise and is still with the company today. I heard from Cindy that Mark and Kerri divorced a few years ago, and so did Cindy and her husband, Richard. Me, too.
Funny how times change.