Last night I asked the CEO when my healthcare coverage would end so that I can start figuring out what to do about it, and he said that he didn't want to terminate me just yet. Rather, he wanted to keep me in the payroll system so that they'd have me for back up coverage. So there was "no point" in taking me off of their healthcare yet.
Well, if that's what he wants to do I certainly won't complain. Working one-two shifts a month - if even that - and getting my healthcare coverage squared away? Great deal.
Then he said that when the office manager decides to retire, he plans to "buy me back" from the bookstore and he'd pay twice what they pay me because I'd be the perfect successor to the manager. That was a bit shocking, because I don't think I do nearly enough around the office to have earned such a high opinion! I suspect wanting to keep me around has little to do with me or my abilities, and everything to do with management's aversion to bringing in someone new.
I'm hoping that it's a very moot point and that the office manager doesn't plan to retire for years and years. I love my job at HB's and wouldn't want to swap it for an office job, but I have to admit that if I was offered twice the pay for a position that has excellent job security, very easy work with long stretches of paid downtime, and generous flexibility for travel I don't know if I'd be strong enough to turn down that steady paycheck. If I was working on a novel or some sort of creative project it'd be especially difficult to resist. But that wouldn't be a job fueled by passion or enthusiasm, which is exactly what HB's is. It would be a really tough decision to make, so the easiest thing for me is for the current office manager to continue on so that I don't have to think about it (and in the meantime they can continue covering the cost of my healthcare).