Reactions When Giving Notice

I gave notice at work today. News is, I got a new job.

Reactions were varied, including:

  • Heartfelt congratulations
  • Closed door confessions
  • Tears
  • Secret hugs
  • Thumbs up
  • Scowls
  • Shock
  • Whispers of will you get me a job there?
  • Panic
  • Giddy laughter, as if three people leaving in a row is funny
  • Jealousy, expected
  • Jealousy, very very unexpected
  • Possible sabotage
  • Wails of Noooooooo!
  • The silent treatment
  • Talk of “too little too late”
  • More hugs
  • Suggestions on where to eat lunch
  • Apathy
  • Confessions of grudge held for three weeks
  • Head on a desk
  • Being left out of important decisions because now they no longer concern me
  • An empty office, me in it, past 7:30 on a Friday night, feeling guilty, feeling excited, feeling scared, feeling anxious, feeling happy, feeling like after four years in one place it may be a small thing—a day job—but nothing will ever be the same again
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19 thoughts on “Reactions When Giving Notice

  1. jadepark May 11, 2007 / 11:15 pm

    wooo! i wish you the BEST in your new job! i think one of the biggest pleasures in life is giving notice…especially with a better opportunity in hand. 🙂

  2. Annika May 12, 2007 / 12:35 am

    Oh, I hoped, hoped, hoped this would be your news! It could only be better if the new job was in LA. But that is selfish, and I am really, truly delighted for you!

  3. courtney May 12, 2007 / 2:18 am

    CONGRATULATIONS on starting a new chapter, Nova! It sounds like it’s going to be a good one. I’m so happy for you and I hope the new job treats you well.

    !!! 🙂

  4. Helen May 12, 2007 / 7:13 am

    Can I add my heartfelt congratulations? This is great! All the best in your new job!

  5. yojo May 12, 2007 / 9:58 am

    Yipeeeeeeeee! I am so happy for you!

  6. smithereens May 12, 2007 / 12:04 pm

    Congratulations! Sometimes giving your notice feels so good, you wish you’d done it earlier. Good luck on your new job!

  7. toetoeplace May 12, 2007 / 1:13 pm

    Congratulations! Congratulations! Didn’t it feel good to say goodbye. Good Luck at the new job.

  8. adammorgansmith May 12, 2007 / 1:53 pm

    Wow! Congratulations! I hope you are happy in your new employment. Odd you would leave your current job, you seemed so very very happy there.

  9. nova May 12, 2007 / 2:04 pm

    Very happy there…? Not anymore unfortunately, not for a long time. I won’t go into more detail for fear of who may be reading, but I am ready to move on. There were certainly good things (walking to the office was one; my amazing boss was the other), but this new opportunity will be so much better. Either way, I am at the old job three weeks more and I start the new one in June! I will have to take the subway! Is it weird that I am excited about even that? I always did love the subway.

  10. joefelso May 12, 2007 / 7:03 pm

    Congratulations! Being in a new jobs can produce many new sensations, as many different feelings as the reactions you described. But they are NEW, and that’s how we grow. I hope your next three weeks will be blissful limbo.

  11. charlotteotter May 13, 2007 / 1:07 am

    Good luck in your new job, Nova, and congratulations.

  12. Ingrid May 13, 2007 / 5:03 am

    Congratulations. I quit my job last week as well and will start my new on in June. I am going to do something completely different from what I have been doing, and

    feeling guilty, feeling excited, feeling scared, feeling anxious, feeling happy, feeling like after four years in one place it may be a small thing—a day job—but nothing will ever be the same again

    is EXACTLY how I feel too. Good luck to you.

  13. w May 13, 2007 / 1:50 pm

    Congratulations again, Nova! I love riding the subway as well; you can get so much reading and even writing done in that time.

  14. everythinginbetween May 14, 2007 / 2:57 pm

    Whee! I am so very very excited for you. Can’t wait for details. I mean, I know we can’t know details details, but a fuller explanation. this is wonderful. Congrats!

  15. Karen Lee Field May 14, 2007 / 11:20 pm

    Congratulations on the new job. I hope all goes well with it.

  16. sharon May 15, 2007 / 3:08 am

    WHAT? WHAT? You are amazing Nova!!! The fact that you managed to find another job so quickly is incredible! When do we get to know what it is???????????? I’m so excited for you. Such fantastic news. I need to know everything now!

    WOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
    xxxxxxxx

  17. Niki May 16, 2007 / 7:57 am

    Congratulations! That’s wonderful. You’ve been wanting a change and I have a feeling this is going to be good for you.

  18. mel May 17, 2007 / 1:45 pm

    omg! belated congratulations, Nova!

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