ResignationThese days, “resignation” has become an oft-repeated phrase among my closest colleagues. One said that he’s leaving for another country in order to “find himself”, while another will be reuniting with his estranged mother in yet another country. Incidentally, the first recanted and decided to extend his stay with the company until the end of the year. The latter, well, not any of us could blame him for wanting to rebuild the ties with the biological mother who sold him to a police officer when he was just two months old.
There’s a third one—the person I talked about in one of my blogs—the entry-level article writer who’s also planning to resign. I have become close to him in the weeks that he’s been with the company (probably because I find gay men more fun and interesting to hang out with than most heterosexuals). A couple of weeks ago, he told us that he wanted to hand in his resignation effective immediately, but we managed to convince him to stick it out for a month and see if he can or cannot cope with the demands and expectations of the job (which is really not much, considering he just has to write 20 to 30 500-word articles within a month). But anyway, he sent me a private message earlier where he told me that he’s given the job the month that we asked him of, but it’s just not working out for him, regardless of all our encouragement. He said he realized that he’s not cut out for the job and that he’s feeling guilty for adding to our workload, with all the time we spend editing his work.
Now, I’m feeling torn because like I said, I have become close to him and I really, really like his company (we’ve hung out after work). But at the same time, because of his, how do I put this, mediocre writing skills, I would have to start from scratch in developing all the content needed for our newsletters. And it’s not even my job to do that. If friendship was the only thing to be taken into consideration, of course I would want him to stay. But the deal is, to put it mildly, we cannot keep on picking up his slack. When his supervisor and I met with one of the company executives to discuss the situation, the solution she came up with is to talk with Human Resources and try to find something else that our article writer could do (and perhaps even do well), like maybe graphic design or technical support, instead of jumping the gun and terminating him.
That was yesterday of course, our meeting with the exec. And our article writer informed me of his decision this afternoon. I’m not sure which will happen first: the discussion on internal transfer or the submission of his resignation letter. I know I crossed paths with him for a reason, and I’m eternally grateful for having the opportunity to have known him for a little while. But I think it’s inevitable that we have to let him go.