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I've been working this job that I absolutely hate for the past 9 months and would have never taken it 'cept that it was thrown in my lap (I was working as a temp but they really liked me.)<br><br>
I told them I need flexibility since I am a professional actress. They said alright, we understand. <b>Understand, my a$$!</b> My two micro-managers of course couldn't handle it and hell ensued until they decide to let me go mid-January (yes!) They started treating me like crap as if I was totally incompetent.<br><br>
Long story short, we agreed that I would work until the end of February to help out until they found a replacement (this came from my goodwill cause I didn't want to leave their teams in the lurch) ... but yesterday, when I couldn't get out of my car from my dread of going into work one more day, on the verge of tears, I made a decision.<br><br>
I went to HR, talked to the director, got out of my agreement, went up to get my personal effects, and said goodbye to my colleagues. Good-bye job from HELL!<br><br>
This morning, I got up and ran. Soon I'm gonna go swimming.<br><br>
It feels so amazing to NOT have the life being sucked out of me anymore ... I almost lost all my integrity staying at that job just to earn some bucks. Felt like I was selling my soul ...<br>
Suddenly life has found it's rainbow again. <img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><br><br>
Anyone else gone through something similar?<br><br>
Sally<br><br>
p.s. In Canada, if we quit, we are not entitled to employment insurance benefits into which we contribute with every paycheque = no money. Getting fired, so long as it's not for misconduct = money to tide me over until I can get another job ... whew!
 

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Best thing that ever happened to me was when I quit a job I didn't like for a similar position at a company (it turned out) I liked even less, then promptly got "let go" a week later. Not only did that manager do me the favor of forcing me to leave a job I hated (although it was hard to see it that way at the time), but I got to draw unemployment while looking for a new one. My second temp assignment landed me here and 8 years later I'm still happy.<br><br>
Congrats on getting fired Sally!!!
 

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Good for you. I wish some of my staff who NEEDED to quit would have, instead of making me miserable and doing a bad job, while I'm investing tons of time money and energy into trying to help them. Arg.<br><br>
I'm too easy, I hang on to people long after I should have fired their a$$es for their own good. Speaking of that... I'll probably be doing that exact thing in a couple of days. I'm too nice. Probably should have done it 2 weeks ago.
 

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Hey, it's strange ... my new thread posted twice <img alt="confused.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/confused.gif"> so I've now got two sets of responses ... but I'm so happy you're all happy for me!<br><br><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><br><br>
A friend of mine met me in the pool last night before I went out jive dancing (to celebrate of course) and we jumped up and down in the water with him screaming, "You're free, you're free, you're free!!"<br><br>
I tell you, it's been a hard 9 months ... made me so physically ill, I even had to take a week off. And my boss actually gave me crap when I rushed out to Toronto (6-7 hours drive away) to see my mom before Christmas in the hospital (when I was so scared she was going to die). Upon my return, my director goes almost in the same breath, "How's your mom?" [pause] then gave me crap, "You didn't finish planning that meeting I asked you to."<br><br>
Sally<br><br>
p.s. And now I'll have some time to read your posts and post myself! Oh I miss you all!
 

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I have 23 more years. We're hoping to win the lotto tonite.<br><br>
Now go swimmin' and get an awesome supa hawt gig!
 

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Well done and good riddance. I've fallen into a pretty soul-sucking career - (well, maybe not that bad!) - and I've WISHED that I've had the strength to do what you did on more than one occasion. So ... many <img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"> 's from me, and I hope you bounce back in a BIG way doing something you LOVE.<br><br>
Reg.
 

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I am so happy for you. Yes I have had a job that I hated, dreaded. Well a job that I loved in a company I hated. I too threw a party my last shift.<br><br>
Happy Day Sally<br><img alt="surprised.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/surprised.gif">ccasion5:<img alt="blob9.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/blob9.gif"><img alt="blob9.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/blob9.gif"><img alt="blob9.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/blob9.gif"><img alt="blob9.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/blob9.gif"><img alt="blob9.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/blob9.gif"><img alt="director.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/director.gif"><img alt="blob8.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/blob8.gif"><img alt="blob8.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/blob8.gif"><img alt="blob8.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/blob8.gif"><br>
happy fired dance to you<br><br>
To get fired and still paid. sweet. Maybe Canada needs to adopt us instead of the English repo
 

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This is the first time I stayed so long in a job that I totally despised. I've usually said <b>"f*ck it"</b> as soon as my integrity started feeling compromised, but I really needed the unemployment insurance benefits ... got more responsibilities and debts now than when I was younger. Unfortunately, I've got a reckless, idealist, artist soul that doesn't do well in the corporate world.<br><br>
But it's interesting that you mention doing something that I love ... here's a sneak preview of what I'm going to have more time to work on now, yay! <a href="http://www.operationtriumph.com" target="_blank">www.operationtriumph.com</a><br><br><br>
Cheers,<br>
Sally
 

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Good for you, Silly Girl. You know, you're not so silly for pulling off this one. I've always felt that our internal happiness is a combination of all facets of life, including family, play, friends, and dare I say work. So seeing that you've ridded this evilness from dragging you down, I know you've got good days ahead, which is just in time for the warmer weather and increased training for your next big race.
 

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Ahem ... winter doesn't end in Montreal until mid-April. Hopefully all the snow will be gone by May 1. Then the hot scorching summer starts late May.<br><br>
I'll do my best to get in that necessary training ... but it sure felt damned good today ... my first day FREE!!! I got to swim and run!<br><br>
Sally <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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I know I already posted...but I can't help myself...YAY FOR SALLY!!!!<br><br><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif">
 

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So happy for you Sally. You must feel like you've been released from prison. I've never had it that bad at a job before, but I was happy to leave a job with a 1-hr each way commute to work a mile from my house. That was like found time. I was also sad to leave because I actually liked my job and the people I worked with. But, it's all about quality of life - and money isn't the only factor in that.<br><br>
So, congrats!!
 

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You got it, bang on the nail. I can't tell you the dread I felt every day going in ...<br><br>
I'd gotten to the point that I couldn't relax unless my boss was away on business. A normal day with her was getting crapped on. Once, I'd been there only 8 min. and she crapped on me about not making her the exception to the company travel policy (expense report that I submitted for her), then barely a half hour later, threw a hissy fit about some other insiduous thing. Couldn't control the big things happening, concentrated on controlling the small ones, me, the lowest man on the totem pole in her team. No communication, no trust.<br><br>
She's had four analysts leave her staff in the past year. I wonder why? Analyst with most seniority has been there only 4 months now. Absolutely no learning curve allowed for anyone, including me. We are supposed to "know" and are treated badly if we don't. I was told by her not to ask questions, "I'm fed up with your questions." HR even recognizes this problem. Blah, blah, blah ... I could go on forever ...<br><br><b>But now ... I'M FREE!! Yaaaaaaaaay!!!!!!!</b><br><br>
Sally
 

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Good for you, Sally!! A little bit of money is not worth your happiness! I keep trying to tell my cousin that. He finally changed his major in college. He had such a bad GPA because he didn't like his classes that he almost got kicked out of the University. He changed his major this semester, and I think things are going much better. You can't be a good engineer if you hate it! LOL I think part of it was his dad pushing him (his dad, also my uncle, is the CEO of Exxon-Mobil, Rex Tillerson) when he shouldn't have. Now he is a history major. He also has a lot of growing up to do, as he spends a little too much time on the computer and not enough time studying. <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"><br><br>
DH has been in the same situation. Problem is, he works for the state, so it is SO hard to fire someone! Fortunately, his worst one quit before he could fire her. Praise God! He has now gotten rid of all the bad people on his team (he took over for someone a few years ago) and replaced them with awesome people!
 

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Good for you, Sally! It takes serious guts to do what you did. So are you going to look for another job or concentrate on your acting career?
 

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I'm gonna concentrate on training for Ironman! <img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><br><br>
And besides that, I also have a lead in a play produced by an award-winning theatre company. We're participating in an international theatre festival held in Montreal and will have our first show June 1. That means full-time rehearsal in May, and a short 2-week workshop session in March to finalise script, etc.<br><br>
I am so grateful that I no longer work at that company, they would have flipped out even more come March ... and I would have been working two jobs ... ugh.<br><br>
Oh yeah, I really want to improve my swim speed and swim like you, Yoshiko! My fastest is still slower than your slowest ... <img alt="sad2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad2.gif"><br><br>
Sally
 
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