While the sale of Hooper Holmes Inc Portamedic brand, headquartered in Basking Ridge, NJ, to American Para Professional Systems, Inc (APPS) may not automatically mean job losses for those who man the call center located in the area; near the Lehigh Valley International Airport (LVIA); it will most likely end up as another economic slap in the face and a reality gut punch.
Like many corporate call centers the majority of the workers are women, single mothers, and some combination of racial, financial or educational minorities that are normally under paid, unappreciated, and often have no place in the new company’s future plans.
Even with being paid less than most skilled professional in a corporate setting, often the new employer can still get cheaper help by starting at the bottom rung of the ladder for those looking to start a new climb up. That means for the current employees slightly enhanced severance packages instead of real jobs offers; facing starting over with the loss of seniority and any gained benefits; and most likely feeling like an outsider inside your new company if you decide to stay.
Many when faced with these stark reality choices, will find it more attractive, economically feasible, and just plain stupid not to take the severance pay, collect unemployment, kick back for a moment and start all over again in a few months.
Never sure where the blame lies when this type of decision is made, but this is all-to-real problem in this region of the country, and unfortunately is probably the right choice and just making that type of statement reveals the shame in that.