This post is an off-the-cuff response to Liam Delaney, who is tweeting about early retirement. In my case the relevant dialogue ran as follows:
Me: The voluntary severance package is very tempting. I'd like to take it.
Boss: It's actually intended for people we want to get rid of.
Me: Thanks, but I can make you want to get rid of me.
Boss: I'm sure you can.
We both knew that his boss wanted the headcount down. Who stays in a dead-end job if there's a financially attractive alternative?