I'm ready to give my notice, with an end date of April 30. However, my department has some huge projects coming up that were taken on with the assumption I would be around to design them, and, well, I don't want to be.
Why I'm quitting: I've been the only designer/programmer at my branch office for three years. I've spent those three years barely keeping up, but I've never let a project fall down. Instead of hiring someone to assist me, my company decided to hire another project manager to feed me more assignments. That's not going to work for me, and I don't need the money, so I'm quitting.
My department took on three very large projects, all completing in the next 18 months. One of them is the largest project our department has ever taken on. The assumption was that I would be around to design and program these projects. If I'm not, they will need to be shuffled off to another branch to be completed. This will cause my company and a friend who I work with considerable trouble, and possibly cost them a large amount ($15K or more) of annual bonus. This is making me second guess myself, which I do not enjoy.
Some stuff to get out of the way:
In a case like this, do I have any responsibility to my company to stick around longer? Is a month's notice enough? Should I say something specifically to my friend to try to ease the blow?
- This isn't a negotiating tactic. At this point, they could offer me double my wage and a fulltime assistant, and I would still leave.
- I am not concerned with a reference or future work. I have a successful business that I have operated for two years and have grown into an income that rivals my job. I know shit happens, but for the purposes of this question it needn't be mentioned.
- I'm in Canada so health insurance is a non issue.
- We have no kids and a very healthy financial buffer.
- My wife is more than on board. She has made it very clear she wants me to quit and devote more time to my other, more (financially and emotionally) rewarding pursuits.
On the one hand, I feel like I am letting the company and my friend down. On the other hand, I'm not responsible for bidding on jobs or staffing decisions. On the other, other hand, my quitting will definitely cause a lot of stress for a friend, and it is very likely that it will cost them a large bonus. That friend is one of the two people I am required to give notice to, so that's extra awkward.
WHAT DO, INTERNET.