Aubrey Brown
over 6 months ago

Regret Not Speaking To My Coworker Earlier

So I’ve been working a job that makes me miserable for SO many reasons. I’ve done all I can to remain positive and work hard throughout, but in the past few months I pretty much devoted all of my energy to seeking new employment. It definitely paid off because a week ago I got an offer and put in my two weeks notice. Just the act of putting in my notice greatly improved my mood and I started to relax a bit for the first time in a long time.

One day I was walking out of work and I spotted a coworker I had always thought seemed interesting. On a normal day I might have just walked past and not said anything, but that day I sparked up a conversation. It turned out that we had a lot in common and we ended up speaking for hours about everything under the sun INCLUDING how messed up our workplace is. It felt so good to have some sort of social outlet with a coworker. Being so miserable at work, I mostly just kept my head down and tried to get through the day, but now that I’m leaving I’m so regretting not reaching out to her sooner! We’ve been having lunch together basically every day since we talked that one day after work. If I had this type of friendship going on before it would have made this job so much more bearable! I probably still would have ended up leaving, but I still wish we had connected earlier.

So let this be a lesson! If you’re feeling down or upset at work, try talking to someone! It might make your dissatisfaction with your workplace a little more manageable. We have plans to keep in touch after I leave, but honestly I’m not sure it’s going to pan out because I’ll be working pretty far away from where we work now. I’m pretty sad about it, but overall thankful that I reached out at all!

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keith skeel

Just because you don't work at the same place doesn't mean you still can't be friends. However, you did learn an important lesson about opening up, sometimes people actually see it as you being friendly, and they respond back in kind. Good Luck at the new job...

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