Rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic

I am the last member of a team of seven; the survivor of two rounds of layoffs blamed on covid-19 but really the result of horribly incompetent business decisions, bad management, and greedy owners. Work has devolved into an unstructured, reactionary panic of getting shit done regardless of whether said shit is the right shit and obsessing over meaningless details. The company will fold by October even if covid disappears tomorrow. Do I bail now with some possibility of getting paid out for my unused vacation time but find myself in an uncertain job market, or ride the flaming wreckage until the inevitable crash (or at least until the first bounced pay check)?

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Anonymous

May 26, 2020 at 6:25pm

You're between a rock and a hard place that's for sure.

Sounds like you need to do both: keep your shitty job while carefully checking out the job market.

Don't worry. Sometimes people like you can get lucky. You might even end up n a far better place.

All the best.

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I vote: Stay in your job

May 26, 2020 at 6:57pm

Absolutely I would not quit. Yes, your work is a bit of a joke with a hefty dose of disorganization thrown in. But do you really, and I do mean seriously, want to hunt for a job when 1/3 of the Canadian workforce is not working or had their hours cut? Do you want to hit the pavement when the unemployment rate is 18%??? Whatever you are earning now, you will probably NOT be making the same amount in your next job found during the pandemic. It's pure supply and demand now. Too many people looking for few well paying and stable jobs in industries that are COVID resistent. When the unemployment rate was 8%, I NEVER heard back from any places I applied at. Crickets. If it's 18% unemployment rate now, that's hella scary to me to be looking for work. I don't know your skill set, but unless you're some unicorn that employers are dying to bring on board, you will be Joe or Jane average to them. I say Stay in your job, you might get a package or severance later, and you won't be despondent hunting for a job that doesn't exist right now. It's not going to be pretty, this next year. Check your expectations.

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yvr_lurker

May 26, 2020 at 7:05pm

I would actively start looking now. If you find something jump and get your vacation time. It may be risky to quit cold-turkey at this stage.

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ride that meteor

May 26, 2020 at 8:29pm

Now is actually a very good time to look for employment. Companies are opening up with new ways and some staff has moved on due to COVID. Oddly, COVID has created opportunity in certain areas. Why ride the flaming wreckage while you line-up something else and then hit the eject button to land softly on a new gig.

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Loved

May 27, 2020 at 6:52am

the title of this post.

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