Would you look for a new job

@GardenGerty (99221)
United States
January 7, 2010 2:47pm CST
while you are on medical leave from yours? I think I am going to, as I feel like I never enjoy life anymore. I like having money, but I have not had any opportunity to go places or do anything, or even get time off to see the dentist or chiropractor while I am working. I do not even feel badly that I am going to look for other income.
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@gabs8513 (48716)
• United Kingdom
10 Jan 10
Everybody needs a Change and it sounds like you are ready for yours If you are not happy in the Job anymore because it is not giving you time for you then yes look for another Job Gerty as I know how it feels to have no me time, I loved my Job, but between the Job and my Children, there was no me time as I wanted to give the time I did have to my Children You need me time Gerty or all you will be doing is working your Life away so good luck on finding a new Job
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@GardenGerty (99221)
• United States
10 Jan 10
It has been killing my health and my spirit, Gabs. I actually believe that I can earn enough online to fill out our budget. We have been happier when we had less money, because we could enjoy each other. I want that back.
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@gabs8513 (48716)
• United Kingdom
10 Jan 10
Gerty then go for it I would
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@CJscott (4184)
• Canada
10 Jan 10
I think I might depending on what I was on Medical leave for. But then I started looking for a new way to make money while I am still at my current job. I did well to learn about Mylot, and MLM. Between the two, I make a fair amount of extra money all over the place. I am still at my other job though, until my MLM earnings, are equal to or greater then my main earnings. 99% over the internet and telephone, chose my own hours, share great products, meet wonderful people, it is a wonderful career choice. Cheers.
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@GardenGerty (99221)
• United States
10 Jan 10
I have tried some MLM, it is not for me. I have Freelancing contacts that can earn me a reasonable amount. A month ago we sat down and looked at our budget, as we paid off some debts while I have been a slave to this job. I know what I can afford to have as an income, and I am fairly certain I can make it freelancing, but I also have my eyes open for something even better.
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@CJscott (4184)
• Canada
11 Jan 10
I have tried some MLM, it is not for me. I have Freelancing contacts that can earn me a reasonable amount. A month ago we sat down and looked at our budget, as we paid off some debts while I have been a slave to this job. I know what I can afford to have as an income, and I am fairly certain I can make it freelancing, but I also have my eyes open for something even better. What about MLM made it not for you? What is the freelancing that you do? What do you like about freelancing? What is it you have your eyes open for that is better?
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• United States
8 Jan 10
My dear friend take it from someone who knows...there is more to life than having money. Money is good, don't get me wrong. But when you don't have time to stop and smell the roses what good is having money? Life goes by way to quickly. There isn't a redo button that we can press because we didn't have enough time to live our life while we were making a living. Look for the job that suits you best. Be happy, live happy. Big huggers to you.
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@GardenGerty (99221)
• United States
8 Jan 10
EB, knowing what you have gone through in the years I have had you as a friend, I feel like I am whining too much. I can easily take a part time job and survive nicely, because we did pay off some bills this year, including a big one. We did not even have a chance to go to the lake once this year, though, because of our schedules being so different and intense. I need time to just sit on the porch or in the back yard.
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• United States
9 Jan 10
Time flies by all too quickly. Taking time to enjoy life is most important. Glad we are friends.
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@celticeagle (118231)
• Boise, Idaho
8 Jan 10
The ideal would be that you look forward to going to your job and like the people you with. I would certainly look for other work! Everyone is different and hopefully you can find something that suits you better and that gives you what you need. I wish you luck. Sometimes it isn't easy but atleast you can put things in motion.
@celticeagle (118231)
• Boise, Idaho
8 Jan 10
Stress is a killer. You need to find something else to do. Money isn't so important that it should affect your health in this way.
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
7 Jan 10
I really thought you liked your job, but I would have not problem doing that. Of course if they are paying you for medical leave or your medical bills while you are off, you had better check into whether you have to return to work for any amount of time after being released from the doctor. I know we had to go back for at least 3 weeks or they could make us pay it back. Good luck job hunting.
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@GardenGerty (99221)
• United States
8 Jan 10
I love the clients I serve, and mostly they bring a great deal of joy to my life. It is all the other stuff about my job that is wearing me out. I do not think there is any stipulation about our leave because it is all lumped together as paid time off. I could be on vacation instead of recovering from surgery. I actually have five days of vacation scheduled at the end of the month. If I were to drop down to residential instead of co ordinator, I would still be the type to do the work the co ordinator is supposed to do, so just dropping down is not an option for me, in my mind.
@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
8 Jan 10
I am sure your clients will miss you greatly. Good luck finding another job. I am glad that there is no stipulations, I just wanted you to check before doing something and finding out later.
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
10 Jan 10
Hi Gerty, so sorry you are having a difficult time of things. In bad economic times, I have often thought about how much I hate my job but I have decided it's better the devil you know than the devil you don't know. I've also found that my hateful job has taken all my confidence and self esteem so I have kept plugging along trying to have a good attitude on my own behalf. I'm sure things are not this bad for you so I'd say go for it.
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@GardenGerty (99221)
• United States
10 Jan 10
Actually, I have lost quite a bit of self esteem this year on this job. On the other hand, I have paid off some big bills. I have actually clocked out on time less than five times this year.I feel like I can afford to cut loose and earn online or with some non threatening jobs this next year. I want to have some time to have a life. Money does no good if you do not have time to manage it.
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
10 Jan 10
I would if I never got a break. I used to have a job where while we'd have week long breaks, the work was so hectic that it would take that week to recuperate. I'd much rather have two jobs then the ONE job that took so much of my social time away. I ended up quitting said job for the hubby, so that being said you'd know I'd search for another without any remorse.
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@GardenGerty (99221)
• United States
10 Jan 10
I became widowed at 42 from a hubby that was always on the road. Miss him terribly, and missed some things we should have done. My current hubby is a few years older than me, and is drawing early Social Security, plus working a stress free job. I do not want to wait until he is too old before I have free time.
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@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
10 Jan 10
If I were to look for a different job, I would be most concerned about the flexibility of my work schedule. I would like to find a job where there is some amount of flexibility so that, as you say, I can find time to go for physician visits, dentist visits and other important things. Secondly, I would look for one where the potential to earn more pay was present. There is nothing worse than a job where there is little potential to earn more. Without this incentive, I find that people become very lacksidasical (spell?) with their job performance. Why try to do the best one can if there is to be no reward? (granted, we should always wish to be the best that we can be at a job no matter what, but rewarding those who actually DO that never hurts!)
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@GardenGerty (99221)
• United States
10 Jan 10
There is no incentive in this job. I am also my own worst slave driver, expecting perfection and failing miserably. Management emphasizes we should not always be on call, but they always call us, or fail to staff us. I am being a real persistent person right now, refusing any work related calls. My personal number was given out today to someone who is not even in our program!!!!
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• India
8 Jan 10
Hey dude!! first of all think about yourself. Every person earn money not to keep in banks, to lead their life more comfortably. Your company using your services. And you had a right to take leaves and enjoy your life.so carry on!!!!!!!
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@GardenGerty (99221)
• United States
8 Jan 10
I think this is why I am looking for different money sources while I am on an enforced medical leave.
@drannhh (15226)
• United States
8 Jan 10
I have never taken medical leave from a job, but I have on occasion found new jobs while on vacation days from old one, usually for the same reason that y ou mention--they had too many hours required to be worked and I wanted a life! I'd say what else peoople do at professional conferences, lol, but I had better not.
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@GardenGerty (99221)
• United States
8 Jan 10
I was going to take four days off and return to work, as he originally said I could, when we had an initial consult in October. I felt like I could postpone this until after the holidays, so that work would not be put under too much distress, and work changed my programs. I no longer have a position that I could safely come back to in four days, so I have to take more than ten days, and the doc thinks I should take more. I really want to earn online or in some interesting part time positions.
• United States
7 Jan 10
There is nothing in the world wrong with trying to better yourself. You go for it girlfriend, and I hope you find something that suits you better. If this is your only time to do it, then fill out as many app's that you can. Good luck!
@GardenGerty (99221)
• United States
8 Jan 10
I am trying to improve the quality of my life. What I do is serve people, and it is very satisfactory, but has taken away all the time I have for spiritual and creative and physical fitness, so I really have to quit, before I fall any further apart.
• United States
7 Jan 10
I heard you can get in trouble with your current employer if they find out that you've been looking for another job on medical leave. It's possible that they may even ask for your medical leave benefits back. So, I would advise you to be careful about doing so. I work part time and make less money, but I have more free time, which is very useful when you want to be an artist.
@GardenGerty (99221)
• United States
8 Jan 10
I have been putting in applications for a couple of months. Right now, while I am home, I am exploring working online and from home. I already have freelance work I can do, and some other independent contracting. I have not gotten to do much with my creativity for several years and it is screaming to come out.
@Polly1 (12649)
• United States
7 Jan 10
It sounds like you need a new job. Go for it!! Good luck with finding the perfect job for you. There are hundreds of jobs out there, and only 1 GardenGerty. If your not content where your at, its time to move on. It sounds like this is the perfect time for you to find something new. A job is supposed to be a job, its not supposed to consume your life.
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@GardenGerty (99221)
• United States
8 Jan 10
You have nailed it, Polly. As someone else who has lost a partner, you will understand 100% that I feel like I did not get enough time with my first hubby, and I feel like the time is getting away from me and my second hubby, because he is a few years older than I am. Before I took this job, I was making only one fourth of what I do now,and we could survive and we had a lot more fun. I have a lot of wiggle room as we have paid off some medical bills and a second mortgage. I think these few days will be my time to learn about E bay. I could even deliver a paper route in about two weeks when my foot is more healed. That is the direction I am headed at this time, along with freelance writing and creative writing.
@dawnald (84148)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Jan 10
I guess it would depend on the circumstances. If it's a temporary leave and you're dissatisfied with your present job, why not? As long as you're not doing something against doctor's orders, I don't see a problem.
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@GardenGerty (99221)
• United States
8 Jan 10
I was going to try to hurry my recovery and go back in four days. When I had planned that I did not have a program that required 24/7 staff or pushing wheel chairs or lifting and transferring, etc. Doc says minimum of ten days off, and he would really like me to take more.
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• United States
9 Jan 10
It's foot surgery. You should take at least a month off. You can't just sit while doing this job, can you? I would get the doctor to tell your work that you must have a month off after the surgery, just so you don't tear up his good work, and have to do it all over again.
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@dawnald (84148)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Jan 10
Listen to the nice doctor. :-)
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@marsha32 (6693)
• United States
7 Jan 10
I had to get your post open to see why you are having days off work. I think your current job would be way more than stressful to me, but some do great with it. If you do go looking, I hope you find what you are looking for.
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@GardenGerty (99221)
• United States
8 Jan 10
It just has been too hard to even get days off for medical issues, or personal issues. I postponed this surgery for four months in order not to "inconvenience" my co workers and bosses. It has resulted in me having to take much more time off. I would love to work from home.
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@marsha32 (6693)
• United States
8 Jan 10
wish I could give you some hints on working from home....and making quite a bit of money. I'm on the computer a LOT and I have a feeling you make about what I do on here. Marsha
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@GardenGerty (99221)
• United States
10 Jan 10
Marsha, I do have a source for some steady writing, but I would have to do it 24/7 to replace my income. The sweet thing is, I do not have to replace my income, just part of it.
@jdyrj777 (6558)
• United States
8 Jan 10
I was gone ona medical leave when i started my cleaning business. I didnt feel guilty. Why should i feel guilty for getting abetter way of life. I wasnt obligated to a job i hated.
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@GardenGerty (99221)
• United States
8 Jan 10
Congratulations on having your own business. I would like to find a way to work independently instead of this job.
@jdyrj777 (6558)
• United States
9 Jan 10
Cleaning wasnt exactly my ideal job to start a business. I had bad credit and thought i could never get a business loan. Cleaning is low cost so thats why i chose it. The client i have owns a couple of apt bldgs. Every wk i go clean the public areas of each property. Every now and then there are move-outs that need cleaning. The greatest thing is he doesnt care what day or time i show up as long as i get to each property every wk.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
8 Jan 10
Yeah, when I worked for the ARC, life was like that. I put in 100 hours in a week once and it was nothing to work 60 hours. I worked 24 hours and was asked to drive clients in on a van. I told them I was walking home because I was soooo tired, I didn't trust me to drive me home and you want me to drive clients? If I had been given a sleep-over instead of a Stay-awake, I might have been crazy enough to do it. The accountant called me in and started screaming at me, "How do you expect us to find money to pay you all this overtime?!!!!!" That plus a couple of other things were the last 3 straws and I, like you, loved the job but between no life of my own and the craziness, time to get out.
@GardenGerty (99221)
• United States
8 Jan 10
I have actually told management twice now that I do not need this job. I get no overtime. It was suggested that I would like to cut back and be residential again. I told them "No" I have no intention of doing that, because even when I was residential I had to do a lot of the coordinator duties. I would still be in the position you describe, trying to be Superwoman and do it all, because I care for the clients. I will have to leave completely.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
8 Jan 10
I'm sorry to hear that. They will loose a wonderful worker. So few of us care. But they take advantage, don't they?
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@ladym33 (11008)
• United States
7 Jan 10
Well if you are on paid leave you may have to go back to your old job for a time or you might end up having to pay them back. But if you are on unpaid leave then you don't really owe the company anything and if you really don't like the job then you should look for a new one. I went on maternity leave and got partially paid leave, when I came back I stayed for 3 months and then left. I hated my boss, she was aweful, but I had worked there for 7 years so I though I deserved the maternity leave with partial pay.
@GardenGerty (99221)
• United States
8 Jan 10
I am using my PTO. I am sad, because I love the people I take care of, but the expectations are way too much for me. I have worked as many as twenty six hours in two days, but I do not get any overtime. I have not been adequately supported in trying to do the work and I am beginning to have anxiety attacks and lose sleep.
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@GardenGerty (99221)
• United States
8 Jan 10
You have good advice, also. I do not think there is a clause, and I still have some PTO days left even when I go back.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
7 Jan 10
GG, I think u should do what u want to about that. I'm a firm believer in doing what u want. I hope u are able to find what u are looking for. Take care of that foot.
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@GardenGerty (99221)
• United States
8 Jan 10
I love the clients I take care of, but I do not like the fact that HR says they are "too busy" to find staff to work in the programs. No one should be expected to work every weekend and two hours extra every day when they are only being paid for a forty hour week.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
8 Jan 10
I know that's right. They are taking advantage of u.tell them u will go to hourly & see how they like that, lol. when is your surgery. seems like i'm thinking the 11th but am probably wrong.
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• China
9 Jan 10
maybe there is no perfect job for anyone, but just to find one that suits or satisfy u the most. i think i'll look for a new job in 2010, cause i need more money, i stay here because they supply me good appartment to live in, good meals to eat, much more free time to spend, ... but less salary.
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@GardenGerty (99221)
• United States
9 Jan 10
In that case you would have to find something that paid higher in order to make up for food and housing.