Retiree uncertain about quitting new part-time job

Retiree uncertain about quitting new part-time job

Retiree uncertain about quitting new part-time job

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by Rozanne "Roze" Worrell

WVEC.com

Posted on January 3, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Dear Readers:

It was so nice to receive all of your emails during the holiday season regarding my H.EA.R.T. ™  philosophy.  As we start the New Year, 2012, I hope all of you will get encouragement and strength from it whenever you hit one of those bumps in the road in your work or life.  H.EA.R.T.™  is an acronym for Honesty, Empathy, Adaptability, Responsibility, and Teamwork enveloped in passion and respect (http://www.rozeknows.com/philosophy.php).  If everyone in the workplace, management and employees, embraces the core values of this philosophy, I am confident each person will come across a lot less bumps.  When everyone incorporates H.EA.R.T.™ in their work and life, positive possibilities are limitless!

All too often, we dwell on our negative experiences, the times when the core values of H.EA.R.T.™  have not been applied.  Take a moment and share with me one or more of the times you have experienced or observed one or more of these essential elements being utilized at your work.

I wish all of you a very successful year in your work and life!
 
Dear Roze:

I’ve been retired for over five years, but decided to do some part-time work to add to my pension.  I’ve been doing it for about two months and have come to find out it’s not at all like I thought it would be.  I told you the name of the company and what kind of work I’m doing, but please don’t put that information in your published column.  I’m writing to you because I must quit.  This job is taking a lot more time than I ever thought it would, and even though I’m guaranteed a certain number of hours a month, I never get a lot of advance notice of when I’m expected to do the work because my boss doesn’t know until she gets word from her boss.  I understand it’s the nature of this type of business, and I wouldn’t mind it so much if my husband wasn’t in bad health and if I didn’t have my longstanding community commitment.  And to make this work even less appealing, I’m only making minimum wage.  I guess you could say I got an epiphany over the holidays and decided that this job just isn’t worth my time, but I feel bad about quitting when I haven’t been there that long.  Can you give me some pointers on how to do it?

Need to quit

Dear Need to quit:

I suggest that you contact your boss immediately, either in person or over the phone.  Respectfully give your resignation along with no less than a two-week notice.  Briefly explain that you must leave the job because you need more time for your ailing husband.  Follow-up your conversation with a handwritten letter recapping your resignation as well as your appreciation for the opportunity to have worked there.

© 2012 Rozanne R. Worrell

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