Thanks, Rod. Another time helping my manager worked out very well for me. In another 'downsizing' situation I had taken an early retirement offer and headed out to my Rocky Mountain cabin. After about two months, I got a message asking if I would be interested in returning as a contract DBA for the company who were providing my original employer with contract workers.
So we set up an arrangement by which I worked for my wife's company, she contracted out my services, I went back to my old office and settled in. The first time reviews and salary increases came around I was passed over. So I prepared a short document outlining what I had accomplished and the benefits that I provided being back at work, proposed a new salary level with an increase of $6k annual, and asked for a meeting.
As the meeting began, my boss laid my document out on his desk and said: "I don't have any problem with this. I'll arrange it". So I worked another three years, technically for my wife's graphic design company, which raised her gross revenue right before she began negotiations to sell her company to her largest competitor.
One of the best days of my IT career was they day I told my boss if the problem was so simple he should go fix it himself.