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Changes on the Work Front

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Lots of change on the work front this past week. It’s a long convoluted story, but if you are new here, read this post and this post first before starting here.  It will just make more sense.

The week before Christmas, my boss made a comment that thru me for a loop, especially since I was considering myself jobless as of February 16. As I was telling him things we needed to consider for some of the development I am doing, specifically since someone else would be supporting it and he says: “well, that might be you.”

I think my jaw must have dropped to the floor. I walked off feeling very confused.

Moving Forward

I will not drag out the story or share the gory details which might have involved me crying, me saying I wasn’t coming in anymore and so on. (I was very emotional after the 7 weeks of thinking I was being fired especially with it being over the holidays.)

But it is official…I was let go as an EMPLOYEE this past Friday. And I was REHIRED on Saturday as a contract worker at the same salary, a stipend to hire some part time help and the ability to work from home on all but one day per week.

I am SO THRILLED!!!!

We are starting with a 7 week contract, which automatically renews unless either party gives 2 weeks notice.

This is My Wheelhouse

I have been a contract worker for 11 years, it’s where I’m most comfortable. I worked from home for 13 years, it’s where I’m most comfortable. And now that the kids are in school, I feel completely out of touch. This flexibility will allow me to find some way to be involved with their schooling, ie volunteer.

This truly is a better outcome then I could have ever hoped.

Financial

My salary will essentially remain the same. But I will get a small boon in that I will be paid out for the 1 week of PTO I have earned. Can you say debt payment!!! Yeah.

I must find a replacement for our vision and dental insurance which I carried through this job. But it’s paid through the end of the month and we all just got exams, cleanings, fillings, and new glasses, so I have a little time on that.

I must also create a plan for retirement savings since my 401K and match goes away. Let’s talk about that soon.

The contract is signed, I’ve already started work. Rather, I never left work. Let me know your thoughts!

One more tidbit, while I have been looking for a new job, I picked up a couple of new part time clients…so all in all, I am really happy with my job situation and loving that I get to continue to do work I really enjoy.


I Just Want to Quit My Job

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I just want to quit my job, but I know that would be wholly irresponsible so I won’t. But that doesn’t stop that thought from going through my head every single time I think about work. If you are stumbling upon this, you will want to read this post to know what and why I am saying this.

And I said I wouldn’t rant in my last post, but I have to get this off my chest or my explode. Beginning with Black Friday, I started my work day at 3am ET four out of eight days. Culminating with a solid 14 hour work day on Friday for the 1st day of the month work that happens every single month. (It didn’t help that I had the flu/upper respiratory issues all week. Which I believe were partially the result of the stress/lack of sleep.)

Not a single, solitary acknowledgement of my work. Not a single “thank you” for donating all these work hours, going above and beyond, and so on.  But I did hear from my boss with this type of statement “you know if you would just…” and I had to cut him off right there, saying, “well, you’ve already told me I’m fired so does that really matter at this point?”  I mean, seriously?

With all this being said, I just want to quit. I just don’t want to go back to the office at all. I know that’s unrealistic, I mean, I have to get my stuff.  But seriously…

Need Some Advice

So here is my question, and I know this isn’t a job advice site, but this is the closest thing I’ve got…I can do EVERYTHING I do for them remotely. I don’t have to be onsite for any of it, at all. I have two huge development projects  that I am supposed to complete for them that really require me to focus on code and no be distracted. This is in addition to the mundane daily and weekly tasks I take care of.

I want to write them an email and say:

“Seeing as you have already told me you are firing me after I finish these two development projects and launch them (Feb. 1), I do not see any need to be a regular presence in the office any longer. I will continue to do all the work I do for you, including creating some SOPs (which is more than I had when I started) from home while you search for someone to take over.”

I could go to the office for check ins on the two larger projects I am working on, but at this point I definitely do not have any intention of fighting to stay. I do not want to work there any longer. I don’t want to burn my bridges, but I am just so angry and feel so taken advantage of and feel so bullied.

What are your thoughts?  I am barely containing myself from sending the email now. But I am definitely on the verge. (And to be honest, if they have anything to say to me about Friday (my 3am-7pm shift,) I will probably lose it right there. But I am trying.) Please advise.


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