Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Unemployed

So I quit my job.

Yep.

Just up and quit.

Granted, I gave "two weeks," I'm just spending those on vacation.

I must confess, I don't regret this decision one bit. Is it the way I wanted to go? No. Not at all, but it was the only way for me to do it and save sanity in the process. I made my decision, took several days to think about it (and to calm down about everything per John's request) and was still set on leaving. For me it was the best decision I could have possibly made for myself. Your happiness and sanity aren't worth any dollar amount.

One of the things that has always stuck with me from one of my many HR classes I took as an undergrad is that pay is not a motivator (go read up on Herzberg's Motivation-Hygiene theory). I remember in my nativity thinking that was just insane. I thought, "I don't care what the job is as long as it pays me a lot of money!" Boy was my 20 year old self wrong. Is it nice to make a lot of money? Yes, but it's not nice to be totally dissatisfied with your job. Even if things like supervision, relationship with boss and coworkers, security, company policies and work conditions improve, you're not going to be satisfied. If you're not feeling appreciated and recognized, you really aren't going to be satisfied in your job. If there is no opportunity for advancement, you're not going to be satisfied. Those things were totally the case in my job. I would have been a fantastic case study for Mr. Herzberg.

So after a lot of discussions with John, a look at our budget, knowing we had a backup plan and that I will hopefully have a couple of job opportunities that I will hear about sooner rather than later, I went ahead with my decision.

Leaving was still hard to do, but the right thing to do. I felt good for the first time in a long time. I felt this huge weight lifted off my shoulders and could finally breathe a big sigh of relief when it was all said and done. I did what I had to do and I did it for me.

I've learned a lot in the past five years at my job. I've met some great people that I hope to stay in contact with. I think what we did there is extremely important and know that what we did helped people, helped the economy and made a real impact. I enjoyed the core of what I did, it was just all the other stuff, the stuff no matter what happened was ever going to change. It just wasn't the right work environment for me.

So I'm on to new things. Bigger and better things. Things and places that will let me be happy again. I'll let you know what they are as soon as I know.

3 comments:

  1. Good for you! I'm proud of you Faith for doing what you felt you had to do and not worrying about what's going to happen. Good luck in the job search...positive thoughts being sent your way too!

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  2. Good for you Faith! Good luck moving forward and in the mean time, enjoy your time off. :)

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  3. Good for you! That is awesome. I went through something sort of similar (I turned down a job I didn't feel comfortable with even though I hadn't heard from any of the other places I had interviewed with). Its not good to be in a place where you don't feel valued or you just don't like going.
    I hope you find something quickly that makes you feel satisfied! :)

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