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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