I’d been driving back and forth across the state for the entire summer, spending several days each week at one of our nursing homes in the western part of the state. It was Friday and I was on the way back when I got the call from the assistant to the president. “Don’t come into the office,” she said quietly. “Go straight home. The feds are here.” And yes, The Feds were there, taking files for a prosecution of Medicare fraud against the nursing home management company. That was over fifteen years ago. The company survived the fact that the Chief Operating Officer at the time wanted to destroy the owners—and the company. The company survived because the people who were working for it stayed and worked through the bad times. I was one of those people.
Two years ago the owner decided to sell. “I think I’m doing a good thing. Everyone will be able to keep their jobs” was what he told the thirty+ employees who worked in the main office, many had been with him in various capacities for more than twenty years. The day after the papers were signed, he was gone, on his way to his home in Florida. The “new” company bought pizza for everyone in the office and then told us that if we wanted to keep our jobs we would 1) have to reapply and interview 2) have to travel to the “new” office nearly 60 miles away to work IF we got the job.
This is why I don’t trust companies. This is why I don’t trust most people.
They can say anything they want. But in the end, it comes down to: “It’s not personal; it’s business.” But when you mess with my life (and messing with my job and livelihood is messing with my life), then it becomes personal.
I’d worked with the former owner of the company for many years. I’d helped him through some difficult health issues. One time I’d even cleaned up his house after he’d bled out.
I thought we were close.
But I haven’t seen him or spoken to him since those sale papers were signed.
He lost his brother recently. I’m sorry. But for some reason, I really don’t care.
He lied to people who stayed with him through the most difficult of times.
You just don’t do that to people—unless, it’s business.