Should I quit my job?

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-05-2011
Should I quit my job?
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Mon, 07-14-2014 - 1:11pm

I've been at my job for the past almost four years. In the past year, they have let go of one person in marketing, and two other co-workers (two weeks apart) in sales. We started out as 17 people in the office, now we're down to 14.

Last week, I was talking to one of my co-workers "Arthur" (he's also in sales) and he's getting paranoid and worried about his situation. You see, one of the two co-workers who was let go was with the company for over 19 years "Alice". It was planned since last November; however, the head of Sales did not particularly care for Alice and the other co-worker "Jenny". Arthur has been telling me that he still speaks to Alice almost everyday (he's been here for 10 years) and another one of our co-workers in the Acct. Dept. "Lacey" had dinner with the 19-year worker and told her what's been going on financially in the company, that we're not doing too well finanically right now, and Alice has been reporting this back to Arthur, as well as our company may fold in another month to another year.

Arthur told me that he's now looking for another job and he suggested to me that I do the same; however, I'm in a very different situation than Arthur. Arthur is the only one bringing in a steady income to his family (his wife is a homemaker and they have an 8 yr old child), plus a mortgage and bills galore to pay for. I myself am single, in my early 40s, and I don't have any children. Yes, I have to make rent and pay for my other bills; however, that's all a part of life. I've worked two other places and I understand what downsizing is all about; however, was it fair that Arthur had to come towards me with all of this bad and negative gossip?

I told Arthur that whatever conversations he has with Alice, to keep it to himself because if word gets out he's been gossiping, he'll be in serious trouble. I've been down about it and I can't really turn to anyone and talk about this. I told Arthur that I thought he was way above gossiping and that why should he be talking to Alice, she's bitter as it is right now - does he have to add fuel to the fire?

As well, I'm confused b/c I don't know if I should quit my job, hang on until they lay me off - say something to my superiors that Arthur has been gossiping? I'm not sure what to do. Thank you.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-16-2008
Mon, 07-14-2014 - 2:15pm

If I were you, I would hang on to your job but start looking (and update your resume, network, etc.)  If you were to be let go, you would qualify for unemployment benefits.  If you quit, nothing.

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-05-2011
Mon, 07-14-2014 - 2:53pm

So does that mean it was okay for Arthur to tell me all of this - who's butt is he protecting - himself? So if I get let go before he does, he wins - that means he gets away with all his gossip and then I'm the one standing here w/nothing?

I won't quit, but since he told me this bit of news last Tuesday, I've spiced up my resume over the weekend and I'm looking at potential prospects.

I'm still wondering should I tell his superior that he's been gossiping with Alice as well outside the office? Why should he get away with this?

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Community Leader
Registered: 06-16-1998
Mon, 07-14-2014 - 3:02pm

I agree with the previous poster: update your resume and start looking at what jobs are out there but don't quit your current job until you have another job lined up.

I don't recommend telling your supervisor that Arthur has been "gossiping". It could get him fired and cause the other employees to mistrust you.

Its not a question of fair or unfair that Arthur told you these things. He probably thinks he's doing you a favor to warn you and didn't realize that you would be so upset. Telling him to stop sharing this info with you was a good move.

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-05-2011
Mon, 07-14-2014 - 3:28pm

You're right about not saying anything to my supervisor about Arthur - I just was (and still am) upset that Arthur had to tell me this - I don't think I would go that far because it's really none of my business. Right now, I really don't trust Arthur anymore because he was part of the "clique" with the other two salespeople that got canned. Now he's by himself. Maybe I'm just frustrated that I have to go thru the whole notion of getting another job, because I've been established at this one for over 3.5 years. I have over 18 years experience as a Admin Assistant and I've had a pretty good job record over the years. I guess I'm scared that I may have to start over again.

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Community Leader
Registered: 06-16-1998
Mon, 07-14-2014 - 4:10pm

Well, you might not lose this job, its all hearsay right now. But if it does happen, at least you've had some warning and time to get used to the idea---which puts you a step ahead of people that had no idea it was coming. Keep your eyes and ears open for signs of financial trouble, and you might want to look into how much unemployment you would receive if it comes to that.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-08-2006
Tue, 07-15-2014 - 12:45pm
I agree that you should update your resume and start to see what other jobs are available. I think it is good to do this every few years anyway so that you can see what is gong on in your area, and if there are skills a lot of people in your area are looking for, you can start to build them. Sometimes, your current company might pay for training and/or provide a place to practice them, thus building your resume. Whether someone 'told' you there are problems, there might or might not be issues at any workplace. It is had to change jobs, but in today's world, don't think many jobs are 'safe'. I think it is harder to work in a company that is downsizing, where everyone is worried about their jobs all the time. One way I dealt with this was to believe that all the company owed me was my paycheck every two weeks...I did a good job because it mattered to me, but I knew that any 'extras ' I did might not mean anything in the long run. The only person who would put me first was me. Best wishes.
Community Leader
Registered: 01-03-2004
Wed, 07-16-2014 - 5:25am

Hi,

I'd never quit my job because someone else thought they were getting fired. Why would you?

Reality check: I work in employment services and I've been watching businesses who employ professional staff, not just hourly workers, make staffing layoffs and cuts to  accommodate the Affordable Care Act. Yup, they are laying off people to make up the cost of providing health insurance to the rest of the staff. I've been seeing this happen for the past 2 years. I'm also watching the number of part-time positions rise accordingly, and these are for previously full-time jobs like bank tellers and other trained professionals, not hamburger flippers.

Your company may also be facing a raft of new regulations. Adhering to those costs money. That could mean new procedures, new equipment, training, and a host of other expenses you wouldn't be aware of as a line staff member.

If you like your job and you do it well, then there's no reason to panic and quit. But you know the best time to look for  a new job? When you're happy at the one you have. I encourage all job seekers to keep their resume fresh and to keep their ear to the ground and eyes open. There's any number of opportunities out there any given moment that might be attractive to you. I have sent any number of resumes out over the course of my career and more often than not I get invited for an interview. And, yes, I always take the interview. I figure nothing ventured, nothing gained. The best part of being in that position is you can truly walk away from a job you don't want because you have one you like. Make sense?

Good luck to you and your coworkers. Times are a changing.