Time will tell

No social life and no time to look after my house…regularly changing shift schedules at the store and at the hospital…very little sleep…and growing resentment that I no longer had time for myself.

This week, two of my co-workers at the store gave notice that they are resigning. My evening counterpart at the hospital gave two weeks notice as he found a good position with another organization. We are understaffed at both the store and at the hospital and I am being asked how I can help to cover the hours lost due to the resignations.

I can’t take on additional hours or shift changes without ruining my health or having a time conflict between the two positions.

Today, I gave three weeks notice at the store. I will finally be able to make the hospital position a priority even though I don’t know if I can make enough money to pay my monthly expenses. But perhaps I can even enjoy my life a bit more.

I hope I made the right decision.



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4 Responses to Time will tell

  1. weggieboy says:

    Good luck!

    As I remember, you were dealing with unemployment for an extended time, and survived. I believe you have the strength and self-control to manage whatever level of income and work you head into.

    You are right, though, to put health at the top of your priorities.

    Though employers tend to appreciate people who give the proverbial “110%”, it rarely results in a better position or a nice raise. It’s easy to become the reliable employee who exceeds expectations but ends up being taken for granted. “Give the task to Natasha. She always gets the job done, and the others in the department just don’t put any effort into extra jobs.” (Sound familiar?)

    On the other hand, they do remember forever employees with poor attendance (even if it is because of illness brought on by overwork!), and these are the employees they tend to lay off first. You have low seniority, too, unless they have huge employee turnover. Employers tend to use that, disciplinary actions, and attendance as prime factors for who to cut if there is a business downturn or executives get into a cost cutting mode.

    Basically, I think you did the right thing for your circumstances, and I, again, wish you the best!

  2. I wish you the best ~ imagine this next step being a door which opens to a happier, healthier, wealthier life for you!

  3. Salam says:

    Time will tell!
    Good luck.

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