Write or flight?
April 10, 2012 12:46 PM Subscribe
Quit-my-job-Filter: Some long-simmering animosities between my boss and me have just come to a full-rage boil, and I need to leave my full-time journalism job as soon—and as safely—as possible.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (14 answers total)
Ready for the sordid details? Here goes:
I’m a magazine writer. I’ve been at my publication for 14 months, and from the get-go, I’ve had a toxic relationship with the editor in chief. After months of personality clashes, out-of-the-blue outbursts, passive-aggressive bullying, belittlement, dressing me down in front of other staff, taking credit publicly for work that I’ve done, and a whole host of other slimy maneuvers by a psycho boss, the other shoe has finally dropped.
Today, I was called into a conference room. My editor unloaded a litany of complaints—some personal, some professional—onto me. He gave me a firm deadline for a serious feature assignment (due in two weeks) and added that, if I can’t knock it out of the park, he may have to “re-evaluate the value of funding my position.”
My interpretation of this is that he is setting me up for termination. (I’ve seen him pull stuff like this before.) He’s putting in place an ultimatum (“re-evaluat[ing] the value of funding my position”), as well as the conditions for me to fail (the quick-turnaround deadline), so that he can reasonably fire me at the end of the month when I don’t pull off the story.
Now, I’ve been planning on quitting for a long time. And I may finally have an escape plan lined up. I’ve been admitted to a full-time, professional masters program for this fall (totally changing careers; I have no interest in sticking with journalism). Plus, a friend of mine who owns a gardening company has offered me full-time work through the spring and summer.
So my out is coming together nicely.
But here’s the question: Do I put in two weeks’ notice? Because if I do, it means I have to tackle this writing assignment (or at least pretend to tackle it), which I have ZERO motivation to do. And plus I’d run the risk of having something shoddy, embarrassing, and irresponsible published under my by-line.
But if I bounce tomorrow, it will look ugly. And I may run afoul of certain conditions of my employment; a woman from another department who recently quit said something about how she was required to give three weeks of notice. (Can a company really impose restrictions on how you can quit?)
Another question: Would it be possible to hand a resignation letter directly into HR? Hate to say it, but I’m a little nervous of how my boss would handle a face-to-face resignation. It’s not like he’d physically attack me, but he is a pretty volatile guy.
So, MeFites, what’s the best way to leap from this awful situation? Should I just walk out of the office right now?