As many of you know, I recently resigned from my job and today is my last day. Though I gave my managers a lot of signals that I was unhappy in my current role (even telling them this verbatim), they seemed surprised when I resigned.
A couple days after I resigned, they made me a counter offer, which I rejected. They didn’t seem to understand that throwing more money at me wouldn’t solve the problems I had with my current role in the company. I was more concerned with job satisfaction and professional growth, neither of which I was receiving.
The other day I had my exit interview and the opportunity to tell my managers the “official” reasons I was leaving. The exit review an informal meeting with my manager and his manager in an office setting. It was mostly them talking, me providing a few answers about how the company wasn’t meeting my professional expectations, and I was on my way. I later filled out an electronic questionnaire that gets filed with others to somehow make “meaningful” data, or whatever that means.
The funny thing is that even though my managers were asking me questions, they didn’t seem to be listening. They seemed to want to put words in my mouth and wrap everything up in a neat little box. A couple times during the interview I felt like they were trying to get a rise out of me. I guess it would have made them feel better if someone raised their voice or made a scene. That way the blame would be on me and they could feel better about the whole situation.
Well, I don’t play that way. I’m not in high school anymore and this breakup was purely professional, not emotional. So I held my tongue, tried to change the subject, and thanked them for their time. There is no reason to assign blame and there is no reason to burn bridges. Offer constructive criticism, offer potential solutions, and move on.
That meeting summed up the reasons I was leaving: My managers just weren’t paying attention to their employee’s needs, and I don’t want to work in that type of environment. And I no longer will. Today is my last day.
I worked with a lot of great people there, but I am not sad to be moving on. Change can be good!