Ultimatum #JusJoJan

Today’s word for Just Jot It January is sent to us by The Itinerary Planner, who blogs over at Travel Itineraries.


In 2004, I was given an ultimatum by my manager that I had thirty days to “shape up or ship out.” There were no other options besides those. Since I had already decided that I no longer wanted to work for that manager, I handed in my resignation and had thirty days’ of paid vacation, during which I looked for a new job.

I had wanted to quit several months before. He had been looking for any reason to find fault with my work for months by then, and a badly-worded and condescending email had me ranting so badly that Mary said, “look, just quit. It won’t get any better.” I wrote my resignation, drove to the office, and dropped it, my building pass, American Express card, and laptop on his desk. He got me to sit down, apologized for the email, and talked me out of leaving.

In retrospect, I should have just walked out and never looked back.

8 thoughts on “Ultimatum #JusJoJan

  1. The good thing is that you no longer in that caustic work environment. We all have clear vision in retrospect but it never helps to look back and say “what If?”. Glad you got paid vacation and all that came with it and I bet yo7 felt much better afterwards.


  2. We frequently don’t see what was best for us until well after the fact. Because I took too long to develop a battery gas gauge chip that I was fairly certain would ship free of design problems, I was let go. As it turned out, that was the last design job I ever held, and the episode got me out of the relentless pressure of the semiconductor industry.

    They did me a favor.


  3. John,

    Sometimes it’s better to cut your strings with a place and move on. I did this with a company after feeling like so many unappreciated and possibly slightly taken advantage of. It was the best decision, too. I left on a good foot with my bosses and it was really a hard thing for me to do because I was going to miss all the fine people I worked so closely with but the right thing to do for me. In my years of working, I only had one boss that I really did not like working for and the problem was he was constantly comparing me to the gal before who he absolutely loved. I never could measure up and after two weeks was fired. That was a crush on my self-esteem but I was young. Luckily, I’m resilient and didn’t allow it to keep me down. Everything happens for a reason. I found another job quickly thanks to a good friend. 🙂


  4. Yes, I’ve been there too. The best part is after I found other employment, the trouble-making manager was fired. This also occurred after I retired. I had two managers because I handled multiple territories. One of them was a real jerk! I celebrated when I found out he was let go. Karma!


  5. Intuition vs fear, man, I think we’ve all been there.
    There’s something to be said for hangin in there and making the best of a bad situation and knowing when to cut ties and move on. I don’t wanna get all Kenny Rogers on you, but you know… live and learn!


    1. By that time I had been with that conpany almost twenty years. I should have cut ties with them long before then. In IT, the quickest way to advance is to move about every three years, and I didn’t. Hindsight is 20/20…

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