quiting new job dilema
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|Thu, 09-04-2014 - 3:34am|
Last year a business aquaintance of mine asked me to come on board as a part-time field manager for her company. Said it would be part time and and we could work around my schedule. I have been building a business of my own and during the slower times that would be a great way to supplement $$$. I did one project for her, went to a consulation with a major client I would be working with and then got notice that we would be starting a project in May. OK, I could do that. But then May came and went. It was delayed but stayed in touch, went to networking meetings on her behalf. Meanwhile my business got very busy, crazy busy and I now have a backlog of projects of my own.
Then On august 20th I got an email ssaying we would be starting in five days, do not really now how long the project will take. OK, I jumped on board just because I said I would and with really no time to even think about it. . With no prep about the project but am supposed to supervise and train a team. Big stress.
I've tried to find out just what my schedule will be. Twice we sat down and talked about it and twice it has changed. Then today, while I was supervising she left a little note on my desk saying she'll be back when I have to leave. I found a printed up schedule also which I found to be very sneaky. No dicussion with me at all about this even though that was also our agreement, We would work around my schedule. . She did not get back in time and I ended up being late for my own client. When I got home and read the schedule it had changed again and all kinds of hours assigned. Split shifts, 12 hour days. etc. I responded via email saying I am available as per our agreement yesterday and these are the times i can work the rest of the month. I had just signed up for some personal health classes ( yoga, etc) to take care of myself and to ended up cancelling them to work for her.
However, as I really give this some thought and as much as I want to keep my commiment I realized i can not do both her buiness and my business justice by trying to do both right now. Really bad timing and I really got no notice by which to re- arrange my own business shcedule. The stress of never knowing what is going on at her job plus trying to get all my own work and client's taken care of proving to be just too much. I want to leav now--not wait til the end of the month. I am just getting off a very busy season and need a bit of streess free time and time to get my back log donw before my nest big rush in Novemeber.
Last year when I did a project for her I could be available, it was really slow time for me and a very short project. And I could deal with the stress of her "flexibility" Now I am not dealing with it well or the learning curve involved in starting each new project and picking up after nearly a year since the last one.
I did hire one person who is overqualified for her job and would be a great supervisor and has no other committments and could use the hours. I've suggested that we look at her for a back-up supervisor.
So what can I say to her to get out of this and not burn bridges. We see each other all over town.