Day 64 Reporting – 2,024 Words/Day Process Log – Making a Decision

Now for something totally different. I could always tell when someone was about to leave a job. It isn’t what you think. You probably think someone is going to leave a job when they complain, when they set up meetings with their supervisors or type in rants in the Microsoft Teams chat or push back at new initiatives that come down on high. Oh, you probably think the sound of leaving are words like “that’s too much work” or “we’ve always done it this way” or “that doesn’t make sense.”

And I’m here to tell you that you are totally wrong. The actions I listed above, my friends, are the noises one makes when one is stuck in the same situation. Do you want to know the sound of leaving? It’s silence. Utter. Complete. Silence.

They stop making suggestions on improvements or complaints. They stop asking clarification questions. The answers to questions from supervisors are one word– Yes. No.

Now, if they’re in an office, they’ll start clearing it out. Perhaps if their desk once contained a never-ending pile of files threatening to spill on their office’s carpet, suddenly it’s organized. Family pictures disappear from the credenza.

Maybe they’ll start signing up for trainings.

Maybe they’ll take that long talked about vacation to London. I would say that perhaps they’d talk about sipping Earl Grey tea at Fortnum & Mason or taking in shows at The West End, except that their talking days are over and done just like the travel poster featuring Big Ben that they took down from their office wall.

 While the actions above appear to be positive, these are the signs of someone giving up on that job and looking for a new one. There’s no reason to give suggestions because they don’t plan on staying there.

They’re clearing out their office because they’ve already moved on in their head and want to leave as quickly and easily as possible.

They’re finally taking advantage of all the trainings because they’re padding their resume and networking.

They’re taking that long-put-off vacation because they know that in a new position, they’ll be focused on learning the position for at least the first year.

You can tell when someone has decided to leave a job or a certain phase of their life because they stop looking at the past and the present and start moving toward the future.

Keep moving forward. Keep getting better.

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As of Day 64, – 3/4/24

# of Words I Wrote/# of Words Written To Be on Track/Year Goal

120,943 /129,536 / 740,784

About Irette Y Patterson

Irette Y Patterson is a writer of fantasy, science fiction, and romance. She has been published in FIYAH, Strange Horizons, Translunar Travelers Lounge and on the website of The Saturday Evening Post. When not writing, you can find her digging around in her garden or catching the latest musical in the theater.
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