Thursday, November 12, 2009

Talk about a crazy week

I did something this week that I've never done before. I called in Tuesday morning and quit my job cold turkey. I quit because my boss was constantly bullying, intimidating, and micromanaging me at work, to the point where I felt uncomfortable even showing up. This man was the biggest psycho I ever worked for, and was a frothing-at-the-mouth asshole to me from my very first day of work.

As soon as I called in to quit, the asshole's tone quickly changed. Suddenly he was "so sorry" about all that happened and believed I was a "perfect employee." He was clearly desperate for me to stay. Well, then maybe he shouldn't have been a total dickhead to me when I was there?

Although I'm unemployed during a depression, I feel absolutely fantastic. I could simply not show up to that hostile, totalitarian work environment for another day. And based on what I've read on websites like the workplace bullying institute, it may have been one of the better decisions I've ever made.

The downside is that I (not the bully) am the one who will ultimately pay the price for being harassed at work. Employers want applicants to list their previous employers and give the OK to contact them--something I obviously can't do in this case. They will assume it is due to my incompetence, which it isn't (by my asshole boss' own admission).

Oh well. I still feel that it was the right decision. If I'm unemployed, then I'm the happiest unemployed man on the planet right now. Fuck that raging asshole of a boss.


  1. I've done that a few times myself. Good luck.

  2. Congratulations, Cork.

    I did something similar a few years ago. Demeaning boss, unfair accusations, etc. -- so one day I just walked out. Right before I quit, I remember feeling that, if I didn't walk out, I wouldn't be able to live with myself. Financially speaking, it was a stupid thing to do, but there are more important things than money. Sometimes you just have to stand up for yourself, you have to live a life you'll be proud of.

    So congratulations! I imagine you're a better person because of your decision, and I'm sure you'll find something else.

  3. Thanks a bunch for the support, Don!

    The night before I quit, I barely got any sleep. I wondered whether I really had what it takes to call in and quit cold turkey.

    Surely enough, I did. And I think it taught my boss a serious lesson.

  4. Good for you, Cork! That took courage.

  5. I've recently had to experience the (dis)joys of working in a very disorganized & lazy place of employment, & despite people being generally nice, have also considered leaving, despite being one of the few productive people there not just running the clock for a paycheck, & a pretty hectic economic climate going on.

    As long as you don't go all 'leftoid' on us, Cork, a wise choice yours is.


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