QUOTE (Dhyana @ Jul 13 2010, 11:31 AM)
Great article, thank you for posting it, Tapati! So much of it describes the workplace that I quit this spring. It was unintentionally sick (barring some weirdly incompetent people several levels up) and it did start out as a place of idealism with some very competent, generous workers.
I am still unemployed. Have just got through the ten-week "punishment period" when I get no unemployment benefit because I quit voluntarily. So I will start getting some modest money now. I don't know how long it will take to find a new job (although I am relatively sure it will be better than my former one...).
And I am enjoying my freedom immensely. The stress of uncertainty and being unemployed is nothing compared to the stress I was under. I never miss my workplace for a second. I will have to go visit sometime in August, to present my new book.
I did not like the person I was becoming, and I was close to developing stress-related health problems. Poor sleep, indigestion, losing hair, repeated colds. Nothing serious, but luckily I am good at pampering myself when I feel ill. Many chronically ill, burned out people say, "I should have seen it coming, all the signs were there." But they struggled on and hoped for the best. I was not going to become this kind of hero.
Funny, it seems to me that my experience leaving ISKCON had helped me see clearly and quit cleanly.
Yes, I think we've all seen a very sick system so we can forever recognize them. That's a good thing, though hard won knowledge to be sure.
You clearly made the right decision. Sometimes systems are sick not as much through the fault of the people involved, but due to lack of resources and time to do the job required. I think may social service type organizations fall prey to this. There never seems to be enough money to hire enough people to do such work.