This week I quit my job. Well, I put in my notice. It felt great. The primary reason is because my work/life balance has been off and I haven’t been able to do anything that I want to do outside of work. I have been so focused on the needs of the store, I have put everything I like to do aside. I could feel myself getting angrier and angrier, grown more resentful of the company. I could feel myself turning into all those unhappy managers we have all experienced. By the time I finally put in my notice, the numerous secondary reasons of why I was looking for another job were just that: secondary. The main reason, my out of balance life, would not change even if they started giving me a manager’s wage, started communicating respectfully, started being supportive, and started providing mentorship and creating a community amongst managers. The bottom line was that the job did not allow for a work/life balance and no amount of money would be able to change that fact.
If anything, it was a lesson to me about my price. I guess this is not something that anyone really learns until they are confronted with it. How much money would someone have to pay me to be unhappy? My answer is I don’t have a price. If I am coming off as ethically superior, I don’t mean to. I am also quitting to take a job at Tiffany & Co. where I have the potential of making a lot more money. But the balance of my life will be restored. I will be going to the gym on a regular basis, working only 8 hour shifts, and getting two full days off a week. My resorted balance will improve my work performance and lead to my and the store’s success. I guess it is the difference of what a 170+ year old company knows and what a 3 year old company has yet to learn.
This week on Waldina, I celebrated the birthdays of the insightfully talented film director Billy Wilder, the beautiful and stylish Wallis Simpson, the hauntingly skilled actress/activist/model Isabella Rossellini, the powerfully moving composer Stravinsky, the tragic and mysterious Anastasia Romanova, and added the Hitchcock classic The Birds to the Required Viewing film series.
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