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|How Not to Quit Your Job|
Feb. 14th, 2007 at 6:36 pm
This has even less to do with Mormonism than some of our other recent posts.Â You’ve been warned. Update: I’ve got a signed contract for the new venture.
I’ve been working seriously on quitting my job since last July.Â At the time I had something of an urge to give my boss some warning.Â Everyone that I spoke to told me that giving my boss the slightest hint was a terrible idea.Â They were right.
I’ve had this job since I graduated from college (over eight years ago), so I don’t have a lot of experience with quitting.Â So I relied on the advice of those that had quit.Â They made it clear that I needed to have my other opportunity nailed down 100% before quitting.Â I understood the wisdom in this and stuck to it.
Then a few weeks ago I believed that I was days away from signing a contract on my new opportunity.Â At the same time my current boss asked me to take on a new assignment in another country.
I decided it was time to spill the beans.Â I felt that I needed to give my boss all the information he needed to make an informed decision, and in any case I was 99% sure that I was ready to resign.
Well that conversation took place and I was not placed on the assignment.Â In fact, I ended up in some sort of limbo, not placed on any assignments.Â In the meantime my other opportunity has had minor delay after minor delay.
This situation created a number of uncomfortable conversations over the past week to discuss when I would be 100% sure that I was leaving.Â Unfortunately I’ve been stuck at 99%.
At the start of this week things sort of came to a head and people other than my boss decided that limbo wasn’t good and that I need to be out by the end of the week.Â I certainly understand their position and I have no desire to hurt my current employeer.Â I understand that this is a situation of my own making, and that leaving now on good terms is better than forcing the issue and leaving later on bad terms.
I’m now unemployed for at least a few weeks, which is a position I haven’t been in for a while.Â I need to figure out what to do with myself.Â My wife has suggested that I take up digital scrapbooking.Â Perhaps I will and post my experiences here.
In any case I think I’m closer to closing on my new opportunity, but maybe at 99.5% now.Â Zeno’s arrow strikes again!