Post # 1
Wish me luck! I’m giving my 2 weeks notice tomorrow. Although I enjoy working – it’s simply not worth giving up the time with my son and paying for daycare to stay in a job that’s not going to lead anywhere.
I’m nervous about having “the talk” since I’ve only been back ONE day and everyone seemed happy they don’t have to take on the extra work they had when I was gone. Of course, I wasn’t the one who laid people in my department off two weeks before I left which created MORE work, so I shouldn’t really feel bad. Thought it would be better to have a face-to-face rather than just calling up and quitting.
I’m just afraid they’ll be mad but I didn’t know for sure how I’d feel before I left, and if I had quit before the baby was born I wouldn’t have had any insurance. I’ve outgrown the position and needed to know for sure that I wanted to stay home.
So I’m off into the wonderful world of Full-Time Mommy-hood. Anyway, wish me luck! (or call me a jerk for leaving them high-and-dry).
Post # 3
Good luck! And you’re definetly not a jerk. I’m a firm believer in doing what you need to do for your family!
Post # 4
Good luck, and enjoy your time with your son!
One thing to maybe check before you give notice- I think some companies have policies whereby if you leave really soon after coming back post-maternity leave, you have to pay them back for some of the costs of the benefits you used during your leave. Just make sure you understand your HR department’s policies so you’re not surprised!
Post # 5
Yay, congrats! And good luck tomorrow!
Post # 6
@Lozza: Thanks! Our handbook doesn’t really say anything about it (just that you’re entitled to Short Term Disability after a year’s employment), I don’t think I can really ask without arousing suspicion (we have 14 people at my company and no “true” HR department). I guess we’ll just cross that bridge when we come to it.
Post # 7
Good luck! You are not a jerk and if they are mad at you they are ridiculous. They put themselves in a position where they were vulnerable. You have no reason to put your job first. If they get ill toward you when you put in your notice don’t let it phase you. There is nothing wrong with making the decision that you feel is best.
Post # 7
Good luck! Keep us updated on how everything goes!
Post # 8
Good luck! And honestly, if I remember right, it’s not like you didn’t talk to them prior to going out on mat leave. Crap happens and you’re making the right choice for your family!
Post # 9
@camrie: Good luck! I really wish I could stay home 100% of the time too, but I’m lucky and only work 3 hours a day a few days a week anyway.
Just make sure your company doesn’t say anything about how long you have to be back before giving your two weeks. I know where I work if your qualify for paid STD/maternity leave (I did not since I’m PT anyway) you have to be back for at least 2 weeks before you can give your notice otherwise you have to pay back the compenstation you were given during your time off.
Post # 11
They can’t be suprised, I’m pretty sure you told them this might be the case right off the bat a few months ago (when you were asking if you could work from home) They were assholes about the situation back then, they don’t deserve you 🙂
Post # 12
It’s the right thing to do!
So happy to hear of another mother who will put work on hold and sacrifice 🙂
Post # 13
Congrats! Not gonna call you a jerk,I AM gonna call you lucky! I SO dread having to work when my baby will be in daycare.
Post # 14
Good luck! *If* I am still in my current job by the time I have a baby, I am planning to do the same thing – take my maternity leave and get the insurance and paid time off and then going back and quitting because my job is pretty dead end, too, and staying home with baby sounds like a much better choice. I am sure they will totally understand your choice – don’t feel bad! Companies today don’t have any loyalty to etheir employees, as evidenced by the layoffs you mention, so why should you have loyalty to stay there in a job that you can’t even grow in?
Post # 15
Congratulations! It’s definitely nice that you get to stay home with your precious baby! Don’t stress about quitting.