I had been talking about it for quite a while. Worked for the County as the radio guy, put in retirement request Dec of 10. Boss agreed to my choice of replacement, and actual date was determined by people who knew how best to figure it. Last day was 3 June 11.
My last 6 months was quite busy.
Boss asked me to be available thru '11 hurricane season. Still have ID, keys, etc. Just no paycheck or worries.
State changes say they can't even pay hourly/part time/no benefits, so I get to 'donate'.
Still get called in to help with sticky problems and it is nice to be appreciated. Maybe this year I'll get on the road!
Worked in Communications, and it worked for me. I never burn bridges.
I don't want to be mean about it but I think you may have wanted to tell them BEFORE you posted a countdown to your retirement date on your blog with your pictures for all the world to see on the Internet. You may find out that they already know, especially if anyone in your squadron reads RV.net.
Chief, I assume you are upper tier enlisted of some sort. I had a long post for you, but decided not to go that route. Let's assume that you work in my unit. What would you do with a high-ranking civilian you discovered had such a blog? I'll address that answer. For now I'll just say, I've had 2 plus years of no one saying anything and being treated with the utmost of respect in my entire unit. Now, can we get back to my post with a little less darkness?
Where I worked (governmental agency) everyone was happy for those that announced retirement. If you've been a long-time employee, done a solid job, and earned the respect of others I think retirement is a well-earned time in your life. Get the word out there, make plans for your retirement, and leave with no regrets. And then enjoy your life. That's what my wife and I did 5 and 4 years ago respectively and haven't been happier. Good luck to you both.
Sorry, been out to dinner so I'm catching up. I think my folks will be happy for me. Thank your for the words.
I don't think you will be escorted off the premises so give them a fair amount of time. What that is going to be is up to you and maybe take into consideration what others have done. I never told my Boss. I went to the Retirement Board and filled out the paperwork two months in advance, if and I emphasise "IF" the Board notified my Department, my bosses never said a word. Thats okay with me, whats fair for the goose. Many of my friends found out from my daughter and threw a little lunch for me and invited the field crews I worked with and the engineering staff. Many of us get together often during the year for lunch and every Christmas season for a big members only luncheon at a nice hotel resturant. Haven't missed work a bit in the last 16 years and 8 months.
"I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to go". R. L. Stevenson
Don't you get questionaires periodically asking about your expected retirement date? We get opportunities to go to pre-retirement planning classes within a few years of expected retirement date. And my boss can find my age and service comp date and could make an educated guess from that, if he wanted. I work for DoD too, and although I have several years to go, I can already tell my boss and others the year.. It is 2019... just not sure on month. Do I retire on Month of 30 yrs.. or wait for another birthday?
Excellent question. Yes, we've attended retirement planning seminars that are offered for those that are within 5 years. Attendance is not a definitive action, but seen as an educational benefit program as part of transition. Even though my blog as pointed out has a countdown, it's not definitive. I'm still not 100% sure. But, I've found that goals drive action and I'm clearing all obstacles to make it happen...so far. Also, wanted to point out that there is a high percentage of DoD employees well beyond their earliest retirement date. They either like to work or want a higher percentage.
I'm sending this public, cause their might be others...
I also was in DOD, I told my boss my rough date about two years out and starting working to train the guy I wanted to replace me then. I also gave him all my contact info. It took about 10 months for him to completely stop contacting me with questions. But then it was a narrow technical field.
Lets talk about some other matters:
You want to notify your HR office and the OPM 60 days out if you want to get your first (reduced) check right away. It takes 60 days to get the preliminaries started.
It also takes some time to clear the various offices, between pay, documents returned, equipment returned and security (including the briefing to tell you that you no longer have the clearance to think about the stuff you were doing right up to that briefing).
If you are CSRS you probably want to retire in the first three or so days of a month, if you are FERS in the last three or so days.
Because the OPM was down-sizing (during the last Admin), planning on having a computer auto-mated retirement system in place by now...which got canceled when it wasn't going to work...Retirement processing now takes a LONG time. Mine was simple, and it took 8 months. I know people that it took over a year. This is been an on-going problem for several years.
During this interim period you will be on a reduced retirement. When your retirement in finalized, you will get a check for the difference.
Excellent advise. We've been reading all the articles, especially on Fedsmith.com. Berry is constantly defending those long times. We anticipate and are ok with 50 percent, for up to a year although it will be painful, we have an emergency fund.
What I'm taking out of everyone's responses is that if you have a decent, respected work environment, let them know sooner rather than later. I think we'll continue with our plan to tell them on Tuesday. You guys are great. Thank you.