- Sexy Ribbon on the Buyout Package
By MARY POLS
IN the current American workplace the threat of layoffs doesn't just nip at your heels, it gnaws on them. So when my employer offered buyout packages some months ago, I didn't hesitate. I'd been happily working as a reporter for 15 years, the last eight as a movie critic, but I wasn't blind to reality. The newspaper was going to start shedding employees — a lot of them. With a buyout, I would at least get six month's salary and a decent health care package.
What I didn't know is that I'd also find myself the recipient of a less obvious benefit of losing one's job: indulging in an office romance without having to worry about the postcoital workplace awkwardness and knowing glances from co-workers. It was, as I called it, "Buyout Sex," a kind of short-term mental health insurance, though one that ultimately did extract from me a hefty co-payment. (More)