I’ve been with my current company 2+ years and, honestly, it’s been a challenging and toxic environment for most of that time.
June 3,2021 at 3:05PM UTC
I’ve had 6 manager changes and 5 assignment changes, and I’ve tried to just roll with it, even though it took a major toll on my psychological and physical health. After a non-work related injury and taking short-term leave, I returned to my latest new and completely wrong role—I’ve been demoted and moved from content development into a highly technical role in which I’m not interested (and arguably not qualified for). I’ve also gotten some backhanded comments about my “time off” and have been given no assignments from my very green new manager. HR has been unresponsive, so it’s possible they will let me go anyway.
I’m trying to keep an open mind, but between my difficult history with the company and the fact that this new role takes me off course career-wise, I’m not sure what to do. I’m interviewing, but I’m worried about taking a job just to get out of this situation. I could afford to quit, but that feels irresponsible and I’d rather not use my savings. Any advice appreciated!
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