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Polling the Delegation #1

Is it "quitting" (and therefore less than honorable) to get out of a difficult situation just because it is difficult?

I have given the new ownership of the bank a little better than a year. I'm still working more hours than I want to on an impossible to predict schedule and doing things that I don't enjoy.

I think it's time to move on. But a snaky little voice in the back of my mind whispers that I'm being a quitter.

What do you think?

(And before you give me the lecture. My boss and his boss know how I feel.)



Apr. 7th, 2006 10:49 pm (UTC)
Then you're well past time. Decide how much notice you want to give and do it. Or, if you need to have something else lined up before you give notice, start actively looking. Tell your boss, if you have to, so that you can take odd times off to go interview, and tell him/her why (thereby giving them one more chance to make things right in the current position). (I did this, when I interviewed for this job. Boss was at national sales convention and I was supposed to be helping coworker hold down the office. Coworker knew I was interviewing and I didn't think it was fair to make him lie for me. So I called boss... told him I was taking Wednesday off. He said no. I said "Yes... I have a job interview... I'll be back on Thursday." He said "Guh...ubbb errrr... well, okay." Ultimately, we were both happier, 'cause my work style and his management style clashed horribly... so my leaving gave him a chance to get someone who fit better in his structure.)

Unfortunately, when things are sucky at work, you'll almost undoubtedly feel like you've "abandoned" your coworkers or left them somehow in the lurch. The best you can do is give a reasonable amount of notice, do your best to train your replacement (if they get one hired before you leave), and then do what you need to do. While loyalty is A Good Thing, you're not responsible for them... they are. And if enough people walk, Management/Ownership will eventually be forced to buy a clue.

And when you _do_ give notice? Take a deep breath and take time to enjoy the feeling of satisfaction. Yes, it will be sandwiched in between the sadness of leaving coworkers that you like and all kinds of other mixed emotions that come with leaving one job and moving on to something new, but it will be there and it will feel good. Then go home and enjoy a really good night's sleep. :-)

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