Waking up almost every weekday at 6:30am to go to work at a job which I simply do not resonate with is really taking a toil on me. I have never voiced my unhappiness to my bosses since they would never be able to solve the root of the problem anyway.
Nonetheless, I have been rotated to a few departments and each time, I held hope that things could turn for the better and it’s indeed possible to embark on a career in this organisation. But seriously, each transfer has been worse than the last (just like Andre Villas Boas?) And that’s even though the workload is actually getting more and more manageable! So maybe, the amount of work doesn’t have a big impact on job satisfaction, at least for me.
Work motivation is waning and the dread of going to work is just getting stronger day by day. But even though I am seriously starting to contemplate quitting, the act of tendering a resignation appears extremely daunting. Firstly, that’s because I have never done it before. And furthermore, there’s these factors listed below:
Salary, Bonuses, Increments & Other Benefits
Yeah, there’s some who values the power, the network or the perceived achievements in the workplace. But these are really the minority and mostly enjoyed by the top brass? The majority of us work because of the money, including yours truly.
ANd it’s not just the monthly salary alone. After adding the bonuses, increments and benefits like medical and dental reimbursements, the annual renumeration would top $80,000 for me. A change in career to my desired job would likely mean a pay cut of at least ~30%, which is pretty significant and not to be sniffed at.
No Good Time To Quit
This is especially true in the Public Sector, as many can attest to.
In April, after receiving the Performance Bonus, this appears to be the best time to quit. But then, one starts to think about the increment he has just received and concludes that it might be good to enjoy the higher pay for a couple of months before using it to apply for a new job.
By July, there’s the mid-year bonus to look forward to and this is the time when the job market is flooded with hungry young graduates. By October, there’s just a few months to go before the Year End bonus and in January, it doesn’t make sense to quit and forfeit the Performance Bonus for the past year.
And then, it’s back to April and we have completed a full annual cycle. Voila! And slowly, this indeed becomes an endless treadmill.
It doesn’t help that my skin is super-thin.
I have only been in my new department for two months and it’s hard to quit without burning some bridges. My resignation would definitely not be well-received since it is likely to be perceived as some sort of vote of no-confidence in my new bosses. My fellow colleagues’ workload would also immediately increase. *sigh*
And I guess the notice period is also another subtle way to discourage people to resign?
I am starting to imagine how awkward it would be to bump into my bosses in the washroom or pantry after I have tendered my resignation. *another sigh*
The Prospect of Unemployment
And yes, I haven’t gotten another job yet. Quitting now or soon would mean that I am going to join the ranks of the jobless. Since Mrs 15HWW’s income can easily support the both of us and with at least a year of expenses in cash lying around in our bank deposits, there’s no real financial concerns. Yet.
Amazingly, Mrs 15HWW has been really supportive of this. I think she’s on the verge of even allowing me to semi-retire first (albeit not a 15 hour work week yet) although she’s pretty sure I can easily find another 9-6 job if necessary.
Like what Christopher (Growing Your Tree of Prosperity fame) had mentioned in one of his blog post, it’s the ego management part that could prove to be the most difficult when one is retired or unemployed. When the time comes, I guess it wouldn’t be that simple and easy to inform my parents-in-law that “I quitted my job”.