In order to actually quit the primary day job, notifications must be made – then you must sit and endure the swirl of treasonous looks, entreaties to stay, questions of motive, and other nonsense as the news settles it….while you’d just as soon escape and communicate only by email. But, badges must be turned in, laptops, forms signed, “exit interviews” held, turnover of paper and electronic materials, plans, deliverables, etc. It’s a little shocking to those who didn’t see it coming, though some pretty quickly understand. As a contractor, my company needs to be informed, then the “Prime” to whom I’m subcontracting, then the actual client…it’s a long week, a hard day, and time for a Tupper’s Hop Pocket or 3…with the “light at the end of the tunnel” rapidly growing very bright, shining on the “interim position” and all it means to start next week (sans badges, laptops, most of the commute, etc.).
The notification and exit process I handled in a way where I remain in control, manage the risk of losing too much pay, avoid bridge-burning, retain relationships, and not end up in a position of weakness, doing something I’d rather not. This somewhat “self-centered” approach (or family-centered) is necessary, as the company and client are obviously also self-centered – and a strong negotiating position is required, not only to retain advantage, but also to retain professional dignity.