Making it official

Hello 2013. It’s been a while since my last post. The past 2 1/2 weeks have been absolutely amazing, it was fantastic for N. and me to spend so much time together.

There are a ton of things I want to write about, the fun N. and I have had, share pictures, and share some big news. Today’s post will be all about big things.

Big thing #1

In the last week of 2012, I gave notice for my apartment. I have to move out by March 31st. It was nice to have N. there when I dropped off the letter at my landlord’s house.

Big thing #2

I wasn’t going to tell my supervisor about my leaving until the end of the month if possible but on Thursday, two things happened.

#1: My landlord showed up at my office* and ended up asking me, whether I was just moving to another apartment or getting another job. Luckily, no one was around but why on earth would he ask me about that at my workplace?! I don’t think he had any malicious intent, he may not have realized that I have a much shorter notice period at work (three months is the most common in Germany).

* Kind of inappropriate but he lives right across the street, and it’s a small town, I have sort of gotten used to my work and private life not being completely separate. (Still hate it, though.)

#2: A co-worker told me that someone told her that the person who sits across from me at the office told my supervisor that I was leaving soon. I have no idea how she would know (unless I let something slip without noticing), and if she did why she would tell my supervisor, and whether this is really what happened. All I know is, I really regret ever telling anyone at work about my plans, and I really did not want to be the subject of gossip. I figured, if my supervisor knows, I might as well tell him, and if he doesn’t, I’d rather he find out from me. Basically I decided that I wanted to be back in control of who knows what about my leaving.

So I told him. I told my supervisor that I will be leaving at the end of March. I haven’t given my actual notice yet (don’t have to until March 1st), but it’s out there.

I wasn’t going to tell my other co-workers until maybe a month from now, but my supervisor mentioned that they would really like to start searching for my replacement soon, so would I mind at least telling our department about my leaving this week? This week because a regional newspaper will be writing about, and they are hoping this would get them a wide range of applicants, if they can put the job ad online before the article is published. He did say I didn’t have to if I thought that would make things awkward, but to be honest, I’d feel like an asshole if I did that.

Well, this is all going much faster that I had originally planned. I mean, I wasn’t even going to tell my supervisor for another 2–3 weeks, and now he wants me to tell the whole department (and I might as well tell everyone at the company at that point).

I think I will do it, simply because I don’t really have any reason not to. For some reason, making it all so final makes me a bit nervous, being at a point of no return, but at the same time, I have already canceled my apartment and told my supervisor. How is telling my co-workers going to make any difference at this point?

This hasn’t been going according to plan at all, but that might not be a bad thing. I had been so worried about small-town gossip and word getting to my workplace that I had canceled my lease, and I don’t have to worry about that anymore.

At this point, I am thinking it might actually be nice to have it all out there, to be able to talk about it.

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One thought on “Making it official

  1. Wow. You are taking that really well.

    I didn’t tell a soul at work despite two close friends working there. I couldn’t chance it with the employment law in the US despite being in a leadership position. So you have probably been gossip for a while;) But at least it’s out in the open now.

    Your landlord? totally inappropriate……

    At least now it is out in the open:) Enjoy the moving planning!

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