March 14, 2006
I really don't need this
Yesterday my boss returned from vacation so I gave 2 weeks' notice, just like I'd planned. There was a bit of chat about it, but he accepted my decision and it was mostly painless - the worst part was worrying all day how to tell my partner, and in the end my boss said he'd do it for me. Ok.
Today my boss told his boss about it, and so there was an intensely uncomfortable meeting this morning during which boss's boss asked if there was any way I'd consider staying if they made it so I don't have to work all the time. I felt it would be rude to say flat-out NO, but I probably should have, since this led to another intensely uncomfortable meeting this afternoon to discuss the details of this Proposal, and there's another meeting set up for Thursday morning where I have to give my Final Answer rather than slink away via email as is my wont. I hate meetings, and I hate making people unhappy, and I hate my boss's boss, and I hate how I just spent 2 days optimizing a stored procedure lowering the runtime from 8 hours down to 2 minutes and the development team is bitching about having to maintain their shitty 8-hour-takin' code as well as my 2-minute-takin' code, and I hate how people just dump their broken shit in my lap and expect me to fix it, and I just don't need this kind of shit the week before a marathon, damn it.
Posted by joe positive at March 14, 2006 6:05 PM
I'm sorry to hear that you're going through all of this, but at least it limits the amount of time you can spend obsessing over, say, the weather forecast. Good luck with work, and good luck with the marathon!!
Posted by: Alison at March 14, 2006 9:49 PM
you're right about that - I've hardly had time to devote a proper worry to the fact that it's going to be really cold and sort of windy. But I've made up my mind about work, so now I can get back to the business at hand :-)
Posted by: joe positive at March 15, 2006 5:45 AM
Wow. A similar thing happened to me when I dropped the get-me-out-of-dodge 'bomb.' It's a sign that you are loved. If it helps, I PR'd in the marathon 2 weeks later, but I attribute that to the rest I got in a semi-unemployed state.
Posted by: Duncan at March 15, 2006 12:40 PM
Agreed: you are appreciated. Imagine if, after giving your notice, both bosses said something to the effect of, "Yeah, that's probably best for everybody." Yikes! Of course, they have acted in just the opposite manner, so take solace from that deference. And get ready to ROCK next week!!
Posted by: stephen at March 15, 2006 4:47 PM
I don't know if you've decided to stay or not, but I offer this advice: Never stay after you've given your notice. It's great that they need you enough to try to make things work, but to me it's always too little too late. I felt really bad leaving my last place, but in the end I realized that I had done the right thing. There are plenty of IT jobs available and after moving to a place that really appreciates me and frowns on over 40 hour weeks (plus they pay more!) I wonder what I was ever so worried about. Good luck in your decision. Let us know how it goes.
Posted by: christine at March 16, 2006 9:14 PM