Tags: take this job and shove it

trunk escape

Escape

I quit my job today.

Actually I tried to quit Monday but the HR person wouldn't accept my resignation until I'd taken a couple of days off to think about it. I thought about it and decided that I would be less stressed unemployed than working for my boss. I turned in my keys and ID this morning.

My boss the crazy woman who has been verbally and psychologically abusing me pretty much since I started the job. I thought I would be able to deal with her but every day got harder. I honestly think she was trying to goad me into quitting. I wasn't going to give her the satisfaction but I've been stressed, tired, and miserable. It just wasn't worth it anymore. I was hoping to hang on until I found something else but she caught me at the wrong time in the wrong mood with the wrong words.

This had been building for a while. I feel like a great weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. I also feel like I have a couple of good panic attacks lurking in the shadows ahead of me once the relief wears off. I know I'll be okay. the_dark_snack told me that I might actually be able to get unemployment benefits because I left a "hostile work environment". I'd rather not draw on a system that is so overburdened but it would be nice not to have to burn through my entire savings while I look for something else.

I am a little proud of the way I walked out though. I came in Monday morning, fresh from changing my own tire and dealing with the spare being under inflated, and my boss started in on me about something from over the weekend. She eventually asked, "Is there anything you can do perfectly well!?"
To which I replied, "Yes, I quit. Goodbye." Then proceeded to walk out.

I actually do feel a little bad for leaving. Everything I was doing is going to get dumped on everyone else. I really like my coworkers and the grad student now has that much more she has to do while she is trying to write her thesis and graduate.