Should I stay or Should I Go Now?

Sounds like a catchy tune for a song eh? Okay – so at today’s staff meeting (gotta love ‘em) at work I received my 5-Year Award. Yup, I’ve been at the same job (social worker for the County) for 5 years now – I finally got my paperweight. Yes, you read that right – but not just any paperweight, a marble one with a brass medallion (insert sarcastic grin here). One that I proceeded to drop upon leaving the meeting which landed on someone’s foot (that thing is heavy) and it didn’t even break, not a single crack – the paperweight, not the foot. Aren’t you envious now? I also received a “Service Award” signed (in ink) by the “Group Human Resources Director” – too bad I can’t make out the name to know who it is. But really, the best part was that now I finally start to accrue vacation and sick leave at a faster rate and I’m 100% fully vested. Whew!
So, should I stay or should I go now? I’m currently topped out (read: my salary is at the highest it can go) in my current position. There are no more promotions at my current agency but I do get yearly bonuses and such. BUT, I know my job well and can do it with the proverbial blindfold on. Nobody bothers me, in fact, nobody else knows what I do – or how I do my job. Probably because I’m the only social worker in a sea of Public Health Nurses and other assorted folk. They all leave me alone, nobody checks up on me, nobody tells me what to do (usually) – I just work my “magic” and everyone is happy. Most days that’s enough for me, what with my stressful and hectic home life. I don’t need additional stress on the job. BUT, I’m always open to other opportunities – my dream job – working in adoptions is out there somewhere. So I’ll wait. Actually, probably, the only position next would be a supervisor position and I’m not sure I’m up for that stress.
Oh well, ‘til then, I’m happy to be gainfully employed, pulling in a good salary (for now) and benefits – hey, where else can you work and get your birthday off as a paid holiday (not to mention Cesar Chavez Day and County Admissions Day off too)?
Yup, life is good.


Casey said...

Stay until you have another good paying, lots of vacation days option in a new job.

Congrats on your paperweight! :)

Carol said...

Hey, Ivy!!!
You sound happy!!! I presume that you have a different supervisor...
Congratulations regarding getting your five years in!!! I'm pushing for two more, then I can retire!!! Of course, I will need to work elsewhere, but that's ok. I'm looking forward to leaving the county. I'll keep my eyes open for a position with adoptions, or elsewhere. It's nice to know that somebody can work some magic in this venue!!!

momtothreeboys said...

Thanks Carol! Yip, new supervisor, new attitude right? Thanks for visiting my space and good luck on YOUR retirement. Keep them eyes open for me okay?