What will you do first if you want to resign from your current job? You would talk to your manager, wouldn’t you? Your reporting manager, that person’s name in the box above yous, connected with a solid line. Right? I did that today, to officially initiate my so-called disengagement process.
My situation is a little different. See, I used to worked and report to Manager Selfish (Let’s call her that). Then, there was an organisational restructure and I was aligned to a new team under Manager I-Think-Right but still doing the same job for Manager Selfish. Some times later, Manager I-Think-Right did a bad job and Manager Aussie took over. She is a fine manager, as far as I’m concerned. So, even in this situation, you would still need to talk to your direct manager, right? In my case, Manager Aussie.
I need to get all these sorted out so that I can start my new job as soon as possible. I do not have the obligation to inform Manager Selfish of my resignation but since I am still doing work for her account and out of courtesy and respect, I decided to inform her. I called on her mobile as she was away on medical leave. It was fine in the beginning of the call but her tone immediately took a sharp U-turn when she knew that I have talked to Manager Aussie. She said in Mandarin, “你这样做，很不公平咧” — meaning what I did was unfair to her. I think she has forgotten that I am not her direct report anymore. But what the fuck. It’s my career for God’s sake. Why do I have to care whether this is fair or not. With the Concierge project on hold and giving us no specific time frame but just a “on hold, standby, any time”, she expect me to stay? She also said what I did made her look bad. Like I care.
Since she has such perception of me, I no longer need to be nice with her. I’ll need to prepare for her return next week.