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Loyalty

While skimming craigslist for job postings on Vashon (with my son in mind) I spotted an opening that has got me thinking. It's not something I would have gone looking for - it's doing shipping for one of the local manufacturers - but all the things they want an applicant to know (Excel, Outlook, USPS, UPS and FedEx procedures) are things I have plenty of experience with.

This isn't a task my son could do, at least not without a lot of training. But it's something I bet I would be great at. So now I'm seriously looking into applying (digging out the last resume, that sort of thing).

I'm posting about it because I've found a vast reluctance to even the notion of leaving the toy store, even though the pay is not great, the work is physically grueling, transit costs in both money and time are intimidating, and the schedule precludes my spending time with Mike and/or getting to go to conventions any more. It's knowing the sense of betrayal that the toy shop owners will express when the day comes for me to move on, whenever that day may come, that initially put me off of considering this new possibility.

On the other hand, I've applied at more than a hundred places in the last year or so, and only the toy store ever even returned my call, so maybe this is yet another case of borrowing trouble that will never happen.

Still gonna apply.

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polyfrog
Jan. 23rd, 2013 01:57 pm (UTC)
Sense of betrayal? Over what? You're an employee. You are in a business relationship with them, and it is not very satisfactory to you. If they actually care that it's you specifically doing the work, they care enough about you as a person to know how much better a fit this other job will be for you. If they cared a lot, they'd have done things to make it more satisfactory for you. If they can't afford to do those things, that's a bummer. But they should still (assuming they care about you as a person) be happy you've found such a better fit.
tlunquist
Jan. 23rd, 2013 04:58 pm (UTC)
What he said.
samwinolj
Jan. 24th, 2013 03:37 am (UTC)
Exactly. If you are making life better for them than they are making it for you... well, the answer is left as an exercise for the student.
alicebentley
Jan. 24th, 2013 03:48 am (UTC)
Yes, Rational Mind knows that they have no claim on me. Emotional Mind just extrapolates too much. And all parts of me are aware that the couple who own the shop don't really live in reality anyway - so there's no sense in trying to be accommodating even if it was deserved.

LJ is such a great place to vent though...
rono_60103
Jan. 23rd, 2013 05:33 pm (UTC)
Both times I left Motorola - first at the end of 1996 after 7 years, the second in 2008 after an additional 9 years - I had some hesitation due to feelings of loyalty to my team and boss. (Due to the way I came back to Motorola in 1998, I pretty much worked directly or indirectly for the same person from 1995 until 2008 with the exception of 1997 and the first 2 months of 1998).

But I had the mitigating factor that the major corporation seemed to be moving in the wrong direction both times (I was wrong in 1996, but pretty much right on in 2008).

Of course you won't have the same mitigating factor if you stop working for a small, local, business.
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