Knowing When To Hit The Door
The time comes when your engagement with an employer is coming to an end. The signs are all there – they stop arguing with your advice, and start to ignore it. Your equipment has not been upgraded, and there is nothing better in sight. You are accused of being pessimistic when you point out that the current availability is closer to nine-fives than the contractual requirements.
There is the Option of The Sloth. Your employer is the expert in the field of how happy you are making them. Let them decide when its time for you to go. Getting fired becomes easy, often a pleasant surprise, and allows you to let them know all the information they forgot to transfer out of you. Not that the morons would understand it anyway. Downside is that it can be quite hard to plan around, but presumably you have other investments.
Another Sip of the Potion
My favourite, when executed correctly, is the Blaze of Glory. Choose the appropriate managers, and arrange a meeting to discuss your future with the company. Try to give the impression you are interested in becoming a model permanent employee. The last time a mate of mine pulled this off, he managed to get stuck into the scotch with half the board of directors, before he informed them of their every shortcoming, and precisely what part of their anatomy they could stick a permanent position. Good scotch too.
The Three Wheel Motion
Sometimes your hand is forced, as was the case with my last role. You find out about some contractual terms that your employer has decided to ignore – which pretty much makes you complicit in any fraud if you stick around. The wheels are coming off, and there is a big legal difference between delivering something crap which doesn’t meet availability requirements, and basing your system on a platform which specifies that it will not meet those requirements. Especially when you’ve put it this way in your resignation letter. I call this one the Cover Your Arse – a phrase which is a serious contender for a Fourth Law of Business.