I think what is always important is to keep a positive attitude. Even if something happens that is untoward, that attitude will help to keep things in a good place.
Yes, as I said my situation was quite different and I didn’t have a lot of the problems that others do. That said, by October of 2015, I had been with the company for a few months over 23 years. I don’t know how word traveled after October, but I certainly knew many people within the company across 8 or 9 locations. Anyway, nothing was ever said to me, no mysterious notes left on my desk or strange voice mails.
There’s a saying:
Expect the Best but plan for the Worst.
Expect that the people you know will at least be civil, but plan for BS. At any rate, even if it doesn’t happen, you will feel better having done the preparation…