You can only push people so far before something in them snaps. This recently happened with me and my day job, so yesterday I quit. For the longest time I kept telling myself I couldn’t do that since I didn’t want to give up my current situation with Friday’s off…yet even after a while that wasn’t a good enough reason to stay around.
So what was wrong with my job? On the surface, not much. I like my co-workers, my work and I felt I was being well compensated for my time and my company was very supportive of my other job as a school board trustee. Yet the problem in a nut shell was I was incompatible with my supervisor. You see we didn’t choose each other at all. He got assigned to be my boss after my old one transferred positions and I felt I have to give my new boss a fair try (its been over a year now). We had our problems working together and I tried to discuss the issues and propose some solutions, but in the end not enough progress was made. I felt like I was banging my head against a wall in frustration, so it was time to move on regardless of what that might cost me. If you are routinely unhappy are your job, it doesn’t matter what the other reasons are for sticking around it is time to move on.
Apparently, I’m not alone on this situation as I came across a few statistics on why people leave their jobs and their direct supervisor accounts for 30 to 35% of why people quit. In some respects I’m amazed I lasted this long as I could have quit at any time in the last year and been fine. My other income make me ineligible for Employment Insurance and we have enough savings that I could literally not work for years (yes, I used the plural there correctly). Yet I’m stubborn and had to try to work the situation out prior to quitting.
So am I unemployed? No, I’m just transferring to a new position down the hall. Actually the position that opened up is very similar to the work I do now, but just has a different focus. Rather than working with proposals on air emissions regulations, I’m going to be working with on a broader scope of environmental regulations but excludes air emissions. Also I have a bit of bonus situation of I got to recently work with my future boss on a joint project between the departments, so I already know I like working with her.
While this change of jobs was largely precipitated by me being unhappy in my current position, there are a few fall outs financially about this change. First up is I’ve given up my 80% working schedule. So while I’m somewhat sad to see that go, it isn’t all bad as I did manage to negotiate a 90% work arrangement with the new job. So I will shift from having every Friday off to having only every second Friday off. Which isn’t a huge deal as I’ve grown comfortable enough with my other position as trustee on the school board that I can handle the change. This also means I’m basically getting a 10% raise which makes my recent 20 month dash to finish the mortgage just shifted from challenge to easily done.
The other price I’m paying for this move won’t come due for a few years, but I have accepted a lower job classification. In English, it means my maximum pay possible at my job just got cut back severely. Which is some respects you think would matter more, but it really doesn’t at all for me. The pay ranges move annually for inflation adjustments which is all I require for my retirement plan. Also I do work on other things that provide some additional income anyway, so the lack of bigger raises at one job isn’t that particularly limiting to me.
So have you ever left a job because you were unhappy? Is so, what was driving you nuts? If not, what has driven you nuts at some of your jobs?