It’s official. An offer letter is winging its way toward me, I’ve verbally accepted the offer, and I will be giving notice on Monday afternoon.
That, my dears, is the final hurdle.
This after I got yelled at in a staff meeting yesterday for not doing enough to prepare for my co-editor’s maternity leave. I’m supposed to give a “progress report” today on what my plan is. My plan is this: I have no editors to offer on an ad-hoc basis because all of the resources I supposedly had said no; I am writing a job ad to post. I will ask the company to approve the ad on Monday and will give an update on how I’d like to proceed on making the hires at that time.
The update will go like this: “I actually wrote an ad for a full-time position, because you’re going to need it. I’m leaving.”
Obviously, I plan to do this in a much more professional way. I know I’m leaving them in a bind, but forgive me: your reap what you sow. I asked months ago for us to plan on what to do with the upcoming maternity leave. My boss flat-out lied and said I had said I’d be okay alone. Then he lied again and said there were plenty of other editors who worked for him on an ad-hoc basis that we could tap. And now, at crunch time, the responsibility for staffing comes down to me. In an ideal world, yes, I would’ve been in charge of making sure this transition was smooth. But a) I was ignored repeatedly when I asked how to proceed in the summer and early fall and b) my boss was and is still willing to let me do this alone because they company has no money. He just won’t say so.
I’ve never seen or met these other editors (who are now apparently non-existent). I was never provided with any kind of guidance or hint of resources to use. Hell, I don’t even control my own workflow. And I’m supposed to coordinate someone’s departure?
But oh, indeed, I will. My own.
I am nervous that they will be quite nasty when I tell them they’ll be editor-less soon. The president, known to curse out people, may treat me poorly (he was the one yelling at me yesterday, actually; you ask what my response was? a GTFO look). I’m going to try to maintain calm and tell the president and the boss that I won’t discuss anything with them in that kind of an environment; either we talk in a civil manner or I walk. Immediately. One thing is that I have absolutely no qualms about walking out the door. My time sheets are updated and ready to go. I plan on getting my vacation balance reported to me before I give notice (under the guise of CHRISTMAS!). I know what laws apply.
They may or may not try to mess with me. But I’m prepared.
Though this is negative space (since I’m not sure how they’ll react), I am very excited about my new position. I’m going to be with a very intense and dedicated team. I’m looking forward to writing again for a living. Most of all, I can’t wait to integrate into a place that obviously wants to do well by its employees and its clients.
I’ll report back on what’s to come. For this week, though, I get a respite: the president and boss will be gone as of 4pm today for the rest of the week. The urge to say something will be greatly lessened since they won’t be around to stress me.