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Made a HUGE decision...now for the consequences.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Friday I put in a 30 day notice for quitting my job. I have NEVER quit a job in my life, so I am feeling like a failure at the moment. My workplace has been good to me, and I do not blame or harbor bad feelings toward any one person. My biggest reason is that I cannot physically or mentally handle the stress any more. We are a small company and we recently purchased a few other companies. This is good...it has kept us in business. But we have very little staff to deal with the huge amount of work these purchases have generated. Unless I put in overtime every week, I have no chance at keeping up. I have no problem with occasional over time, and have done it often, but this is either putting in 4-5 12 hour days a week or working normal hours during the week and then putting the extra time in on the weekend. I am already working 40 hours before adding all of this, and I just do not have the stamina to keep up. And I have dozens of priorities and goals that are receiving no attention because I cannot keep up with work. I know this may sound wimpy to those of you who work long hours to support your families. Maybe I am a wimp. But I can tell you I know I have done my best to resolve all of the issues before I came to this point. I have spoken to both of my managers about the workload and the lack of time, and they have responded by hiring a part time person to help answer phones and help me with other duties. But it has not been enough. The phones never stop ringing and often there are only a few of us in the office to answer them, leaving no time for actual work to get done. I have gained so much weight from the extra hours sitting in front of a computer, and the bad food choices I make because I have no time to prepare healthy food and little time to exercise. I have been thinking about this decision for a long time. I wanted to make sure I had done all I can to get help and make sure I am working as hard as I can and not wasting time. Also to make sure I wasn't making a mountain out of a mole hill. So after a particularly disheartening morning when I had an angry customer that was told we were making a service call, a tech that said he wouldn't go, and a manager right next to him that refused to talk to me (he knew it was me, not the customer), I had just been hit by the last straw. One of my favorite things about my job was the customer service aspect. Now my manager is out in the trenches working with the employees (not a bad thing) and I have lost multiple customers because he will not talk to them or talk to me about them to give me the tools I need to keep them. I used to be able to count on that support. It isnt often that a customer says I want to talk to your manager, but when it does happen, I know if I was the customer I would want to know that the manager cared enough to talk to me. So bottom line is the cost benefit ratio is wayyy off. The job is costing too much and the benefits are not worth it for what I am losing each day in my sanity. Monday morning my manager wants to talk to me about it. I am not looking forward to this conversation. I know it is scary to only have one person in the household working (my husband) and I know I have awesome benefits through this job, but what is the point if I am miserable?
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    It might be scary now, but I will bet you look back on this as one of the best decisions you have ever made. Good Luck!
    1614 days ago
    Only just caught this Traci as I've been away. It does sound like you need a space in your life and I congratulate you on your courage in taking the step to change things. I've been in this position in my life and I can only say that you've started a process that WILL lead to a better life. When you've had a breather you'll be a better person for yourself and for your husband and in a better position to take advantage of something different when it turns up - as it surely will if you stay open to opportunity.
    In the meantime - take care and make yourself well. The rest will fall into place.
    BIG BIG emoticon Will be thinking of you XXX
    1614 days ago
    A major life decision ... SOOOO tough! I can't imagine the thought process that went into this decision. Mental & physical health should always be a priority. I applaud you for taking control of your life.
    1616 days ago
    It's wise that you do what's best for you!! You and your household will adjust. Best wishes. emoticon
    1618 days ago
    Sorry to hear.
    1618 days ago
    Congrats!!! Your body and soul deserve a break from the constant stress. May you have a healthier environment in your next job. Been there, loved the change!!!
    1618 days ago
    The decision to quit a job can be agonizing, but sometimes that decision is necessary. And sometimes, it is how we find the place we were meant to be!
    Wishing you every success as you strive to find health & balance in your precious life! emoticon

    1618 days ago
    I hope this turns out for the best for you!
    1618 days ago
    I did this as well and it saved my sanity. No kidding. You are very smart to do this. Congrats!
    1618 days ago
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