Hey folks. I know it’s been a week since my last post- but I was enjoying the Memorial Day weekend holiday and getting my grind on too. At every opportunity I try to mix business with pleasure (smile).  Today, I want to talk to you about the self-inflicted layoff.  I recently discussed how to deal with the feeling of dreading going to work every day. I believe that I gave you some good tips for dealing with those feelings…now I’m going to guide you on what to do if you are unable to take it anymore at your place of employment. Chapter 7 in my book is tittled – Stop-Wait A Minute ….Self-Inflicted  Layoff.  The definition of a self-inflicted layoff is when – due to no fault of the organization, one puts themselves in a position in which they decide to leave a company abruptly, usually without having another job waiting for them in the wings.

Well, as I explain in my book – this is exactly what happened to me while I was working at an insurance company.  I was in a situation where my career was at a stand still. My boss had some insecurities because I was more educated and I had more experience than she did.  I was in a situation where I was not respected professionally and personally by female bosses.  However, in retrospect – I realized that I didn’t play the “corporate” game as well I should have. You know what I’m talking about right? Some will define the “corporate game” as the calculated means of getting things done. It is also a way that people twist and turn situations to reach a specific goal, usually a goal that is all about “self”. However, the downside of the corporate game is that those who don’t play, risk their careers. And for me-that is exactly what happened.

I just really could not take working at the insurance company anymore. I was stressed, depressed and didn’t enjoy going there day-in and day-out.  So after I got in touch with my inner soul (God) I resigned quick, fast in a hurry – with no other job in site.  (This was during the time when the economy was great and jobs were a plenty). Now, I’m not suggesting that if you can’t take your job situation anymore – then you should resign right away, especially during these times. But if you are not happy-then you need to have a plan in place so that you can be happy again.  Start your search for a new job now – while you have a job. You know, put some feelers out there, upload your resume  on the various job sites and search, search, search and apply, apply, apply.  Remember, only look for another job during your down time at home, not while you are a work – you don’t want to get fired because you were caught looking on job sites on company time.