How do I handle resigning from a company I love?
September 18, 2007 3:27 PM Subscribe
I'm looking for personal anecdotes and advice from the hive mind to deal with quitting a job at a company I helped build, with friends who I hope to remain close to. (Slightly long post inside)
posted by finitejest to Work & Money (4 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I work for a small company in Tennessee, and have been here for almost 4 years. I am one of the 4 core people (myself, my boss/owner, a friend of 9 years and another) who have helped build the business to what it is now.
I am in charge of the art department, and have my stamp on many of the internal procedures and policies we use today. Without trying to sound arrogant, I've made huge contributions to this company, and I care about it as if it was my own.
That said, I'm leaving in two weeks to work at another much larger company. For the past year and a half, I've been commuting a total of 3hrs a day to work here... and it's been killing me. I had to make some kind of change to get some more free time in my life.
It was a really really hard decision, but I feel like ultimately I will enjoy my personal life more having more free time and more access to activities outside of work. I'm also a little exciting about doing new things and enjoying new challenges.
At the same time, I feel like I'm abandoning the people and this place that I helped build. I hope to keep doing freelance art work, but obviously it's not the same.
I think my co-workers (friends) feel like I'm not going to see them again once I leave (or talk to them... or do freelance for them)
And even though I'm here for another 2 weeks, I'm starting to feel a sense of exclusion; from meetings, from future plans, from decisions. I understand that's perfectly natural ... but it's still rough. It's hard to disengage. I can't just stop caring about the future of the company.
My ideal situation would be to continue doing freelance work and be something like an outside expert in my newly acquired extra free time. But again, it's a hard transition to make.
How do I handle not working with my friends anymore? How do I disengage from the success and failures of this business I helped build? Do I have to? How do I convince my friends that I want to continue to work with them on a freelance basis and talk to them, and come visit?