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01 November 2004 @ 09:18 pm
An update on my job situation...  
After many hours of agonizing over it, I finally came to a decision late Friday afternoon. I've actually avoided writing or thinking about it the whole weekend - I don't know if it was avoidance, or if it was me just trying to remain sane, :P but I really needed the time away from it. Here's a little backstory for those who hadn't heard about my job dilemma. (I made the post public over the weekend because it's out in the open and almost all my managers know about it now).

I'd been talking with my boss who I first confided in for a while last week and she suggested that I speak with my BIG boss (who I don't always see eye to eye with) about it. Surprisingly he was very genuine and told me that he wanted me to stay and that he wanted to sit with me and map out a career path for me. He said that he knew that he and I didn't get along and that he thought our relationship was getting better, but he was glad that I was open enough to talk with him about it. In short, the meeting went very well. He spoke from the heart (which is the side of him I've never seen before) and it gave me much more to think about.

The more I thought about it, the more leaving seemed like a bad idea. Not because I'm afraid of change, because I love the challenge of a new job with higher expectations and I'm constantly looking for that challenge in my job. But I suddenly realized how much I cared about the people I work with. This past year had been one of the hardest for us (we lost SO many people and had SO many awful things happen to us) and we've finally gotten to the point where we can actually start to re-build. It just didn't feel right, at this stage in the game, for me to even think about leaving them. I care FAR too much about everyone I work with. :(

So I called the other branch manager today and I told him what I'd decided. I thanked him for even considering me for such a wonderful opportunity and told him that it was a hard decision to make. I told him the reason (just as I wrote it above) hoping that he'd understand. I even told him that it was really hard for me to decide since I'd seen his work environment and I really liked the people and their philosophies. Funny how it wasn't about the tangible things like the money or the career advancement that helped me make my decision. The thing that actually ended up being the deciding factor was my loyalty to my co-workers and my love of my work environment. He asked me if I was at peace with my decision and I said that I was.

And as I told my told my boss and BIG boss my decision this afternoon, and I saw that they appreciated me as much as I appreciated them - I knew in my heart that I'd made the right decision. :)

Thank you all so much for all your words of support and encouragement throughout all of this, you're all the best! Can someone please remind me of this little episode the next time I complain about my wonderful job? ;)
Current Mood: calmat peace
Carecareleswhisper on November 2nd, 2004 12:41 am (UTC)
I'm glad you made the right choice for you. :D I'm also glad that you're happy w/your choice. :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on November 2nd, 2004 08:43 am (UTC)
Thank you, Carrie for all your support while I was thinking about everything. It certainly feels like the right choice in my heart. :) *HUGS*
ex_angeldove677 on November 2nd, 2004 12:51 am (UTC)
um, taking a break from study...

do you mind if I ask you, what exactly do you do? I thought you're a stage actress, a performer in a live theatre or something. I'm confused. I don't know you that well and that's because I'm fairly new from your list. I hope you don't mind me asking you. I know perhaps you mentioned it in your previous post what you do for a living but frankly speaking, I don't have all that time going back on all previous post you made. so pardon me if I ask...
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on November 2nd, 2004 08:47 am (UTC)
Hi Angela, I'm actually a compliance principal for a small broker dealer - it's a middle management position and I do things like supervise our reps who are out in the field, approve trades, etc. I love theatre, but unfortunately I don't have the talent (I can't sing) to ever even think of going into it as a career (I'd starve) ;). That's why I love going to see theatre - I admire people who are doing things I can't. :)
ex_angeldove677 on November 2nd, 2004 01:21 pm (UTC)
haha!! I'm so naive. Good thing I've asked you. :D
Rachelreelcowgirl on November 2nd, 2004 11:14 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you were able to make a decision! I hope you feel much better now! :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on November 3rd, 2004 07:09 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, Rachel for being there and listening to me when I was so confused! You've been a great friend and you're right, I feel so much better now. :)
Sabinesabine10 on November 2nd, 2004 12:47 pm (UTC)
I'm very glad that you could come to a decision and that you are happy with it. :) *Hugs*
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on November 3rd, 2004 07:10 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, Sabine. *HUGS* I think it is the right decision, I love working with my co-workers. :)
Sabinesabine10 on November 2nd, 2004 12:48 pm (UTC)
I'm very glad that you could come to a decision and that you are happy with it. :) *Hugs*
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Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on November 3rd, 2004 07:12 am (UTC)
It was very nice of my boss to sit with me to talk about my future! :) I feel great about my decision and I know that it was the right one for me. Thanks so much for your support this entire time, Kristen! :)
karmastyx: tink-sparkle made by prince0fangelskarmastyx on November 2nd, 2004 08:40 pm (UTC)
That's great that your big boss showed you some support! :) I am glad you finally made a choice for yourself. I'm sure you feel better. :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on November 3rd, 2004 07:13 am (UTC)
I was actually very surprised (pleasantly) that he was so supportive when I went to talk with him. :) And it feels so good to have made the decision and to have it behind me. :) Thanks so much for your comments, Laura.
WE ALL NEED A SENSE OF HUMOR: old school M&Msbeam861 on November 3rd, 2004 06:06 am (UTC)
Sounds like you gave it alot of thought and came up with the correct decision. Likeing your co-workers is a big plus! Glad you are at peace with everything! :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on November 3rd, 2004 07:16 am (UTC)
It was such a wonderful opportunity and if I was the slightest bit unhappy or unsatisfied with my current job, there would be no choice. But I care about my co-workers and the program far too much to leave (at least in their re-building stage). I feel it was the right decision in my heart. :) Thanks so much for all your advice, Barb! I did a lot of praying about it and it really helped. :)
Smithasmittenbyu on November 3rd, 2004 06:04 pm (UTC)
yay Sheri! Glad you were able to come to a decision you are happy with! and your current employers are grateful for your work done! great deal me thinks :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on November 4th, 2004 09:03 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, Smitha! I really think I made the right decision! :) I love my workplace! :)