No, not the Ralph Ellison book Invisible Man (which is a must read), but simply being ignored. And I’m not getting into the whole Beta men who are invisible to women thing either, that’s a whole nother topic. No, I’m talking about leaving job and how you become invisible.
Today is my last day at a company I’ve worked at for about 4.5 years. Several people here I’ve worked with for 10 years total, counting a previous employer. When you give your notice, and if you’re lucky enough to work out your two weeks, you end up being mostly ignored. It’s sort of like you died. People refer to you in the past tense. They don’t want to catch what you have, and are already looking ahead to life without you. It’s very weird.
When leaving a firm, like leaving a girlfriend, you try to leave with your head held high and leave them in as good of shape as you can. No reason to have collateral damage or burn bridges. Get your house in order, transition all your work, and walk out the door. That’s how I took care of my previous employment leave, and look, that’s where I’m going back to work at.
It’s been no secret this job has resulted in a lot of stress over the last couple of years, and the viability is currently tenuous at best. There were layoffs last week, and I certainly wouldn’t be immune to that as my workload is very light right now. So despite a few mixed feelings, I’m happy to be headed to a new opportunity and feel the timing is right as well. So punching my last few hours here, cleaning out my desk, doing my timesheet, and then I’m out of here.
Have a good weekend all, I’ll feel light as a feather next week (not working) before heading into some new responsibilities and a new adventure (including now coaching my kid’s soccer team – another new one for me). Adventure is Out There! (Don’t be afraid to chase it! 🙂