It's no secret I've not been happy lately. My department is marginalized in the company and the team is frustrated. Over the last three years I have been trying to make serious strides to creating a better environment for them. However, the root of the frustration is external to our department and has been getting progressively worse and more toxic. The Pareto Principle applies to us as one other department is causing most of my team's consternation. We try to have conversations with them about trust, open communication, and providing feedback. Despite all the outreach efforts, it feels like high school in a suit.
I have about three months until I can start my life at a new opportunity. I wish I could tell the CEO so he can look for my replacement, but also know the company environment would be hell on earth during that time. Once upon a time I had considerable loyalty to the CEO as a mentor and a friend, and believed he was in my corner. Now I'm beginning to believe he says whatever he thinks the audience wants to hear. It also appears the adversarial department is gaslighting the leadership team about my departments' behaviors and capabilities.
In all fairness, until recently I have been able to grow as a professional. I still want the best for them. Since the drama doesn't seem likely to change, my heart tells me I don't belong there. I hope they find their stride.
My plan is to give the company five weeks' notice. As the calendar plays out, two weeks' notice falls on a week I had already planned to take vacation. Does five weeks seem fair?