R was slowly preparing for retirement. He was pre-empted after a disagreement with a superior who he accused of being rude to him. His fellow workers backed him, yet he was called in to see the CEO who suggested his heart was no longer in the job (possibly true) and that there might be a redundancy package on offer for him. R is a dinosaur. He has worked the same job for a couple of decades. He will readily agree that he is not with the 'modern methods'. He just does his caring, supportive and training job as he has always done. This is possibly why his clients are so fond of him, nay, adore him. He is a constant in many of their lives. He doesn't succumb to their varied moods. He treats them all equally, with firmness, fairness and fondness. R does his job well, as he has always done. But for historical reasons, he doesn't come cheap. He is paid more than his co-workers who do the same job. In fact he is paid more than his immediate superior.
And so, he is negotiating a settlement package. If the organisation he works for wants rid of him when he does his job well, then it must pay.
He is worried about not having enough money to retire, a few years before he is of old age pension time. Naturally no one likes being told they are no longer wanted. That must hurt. In spite of me urging him to not worry about money, as I earn enough to pay some of our bills on my own, he stands by that he has never taken anything from anyone and is not about to start. This is quite true. We have never shared money and never had the benefits that married or de facto couples receive. If Social Security tell him that I must support him, they can whistle Dixie.
There have been many conversations about his prospective retirement, but eventually I said to him, I don't think you are quite ready to retire. He agreed, and will try to find an easy to do part time job after finishes up at where he now works.
So, just into the new financial year, R will finish up full time work where he has worked for twenty years and the organisation's humble beginning. It will be a momentous financial and personal change in our lives.
Edit: A couple of weeks after I wrote that post and decided that it might not be wise to post it, things moved on rapidly. As of this afternoon R will have finished up full time work after succumbing to subtle management bullying and a decent financial incentive to leave.
This is rather a life changing event for both of us.