Fifteen years of corporate IT life. Have you ever had one of those days when you just wanted to quit work? I was having one of those days and I resigned. Urgent deadlines and unhappy people. People worried for their jobs.
I was sitting in my cube finalizing a deck for executive leadership when I heard some chatter in the hallway. I looked up and witnessed a group of six bubbly interns chatting and laughing as they stroll through the open air cubicles, looking down at all the IT workers like we were some exhibit at the zoo.
So much hope in their eyes. So much promise.
I still remember those days, although I threw myself into consulting and had to adapt quickly. Fifteen years of corporate life really changes ones perspective.
Today I submitted my resignation. No, this was not a spur of the moment decision. My wife and I have been planning this for some time. (I will share with you all the gory details, but for now – please know this was planned.)
Discussion with my manager
Me: I am giving my notice of resignation. My last day is in two weeks.
Manager: How could you do this to me?
Manager: Are you sure you thought this through?
Me: Of Course, Yes!
Manager: Well what are we going to do about that XYZ project we are about to start? This is very important for our company and you are the sole person with XYZ knowledge and skills. Who will lead our consultants?
Me: Umm, I think you need to find someone. I didn’t want to leave in the middle of the project. This way you can bring someone in early on to start the project.
Email later that night
Manager: Based on our discussions I am hoping you will be able to explore other options to stay with the company. This is really not a good time for me as I have vacation planned for the next two weeks. Can we put this resignation discussion on hold until I return?
Me: I cannot, but potentially we can discuss me becoming a contractor for a term when you and I both return from vacations. I am happy to discuss this even if I am no longer employed here.
My Future Expectations
Look, I really have no idea how this will play out. All I know is that I am finished being employed full-time with this company. I have enough wealth that I reached the Turning Point. I no longer need full-time employment. I really don’t need to be treated like crap for a few more years or decades.
Would I help them out for a few months? Sure. But I will need to collect a full years pay for six months work or something like that.
I really hope I am not tempted continue on. With a 16 month old and a 3-year-old, I am really looking forward to spending the summer at the pool… and changing thousands of diapers. Honestly our family life will get much better and our kids will be much happier even though I will be knee’s deep in a shitty mess.