When a workamping job doesn't work out
What happens if a workaming job doesn’t
First of all, we have to say that workamping is lots of fun. We have
really enjoyed workamping; BUT, what if there is no fit between you and
the workamping job? That happens! In fact, in the four years we’ve
workamped, it has happened twice. We’ve had six workamping jobs since
2003, and, unfortunately, twice they didn’t work out.
The first one we quit, we were able to give one weeks notice. It was a
job working for a company that we had already worked for one season.
But the management had changed. Our first experience with the company
was Okay, but not great. Our second experience was miserable; at least
that was Larry’s opinion, not necessarily Adrienne’s opinion. We gave
them a week’s notice. We even told them that we would keep our
resignation quiet until our last day. However, then next day the Human
Resources clerk yelled across the parking lot that we were leaving.
How’s that for professionalism.
The second time we failed to fulfill our contract we gave no notice at
all. We gave the management our letter of resignation and were gone
within a few hours. In this case Adrienne couldn’t tolerate the
attitude of the Operation’s Manager. Larry was happy but Adrienne was
anything but happy, so we decided to leave.
In both cases, finding another workamping job was easy. In both cases
we do not feel bad about leaving, although there was certainly some
soul searching at the time.
How do we feel about leaving early? Frankly, it was the best thing
we’ve done. In both cases we left a job that was less than ideal to one
that was extremely rewarding. Fortunately, we do not have to work.
Working doesn’t not provide us with the necessary income to survive; we
can do well financially without working. But, working does provide some
additional income, which is nice. Even more important, working gives us
a purpose and it also forces us to stay in one location for a period of
time so we can really learn more about that particular area.
That’s not to say we like to leave early. When we accept a job, we view
it as a commitment. We take the job with the intent of meeting our
commitment. However, if a particular job doesn’t seem to be what is
promised, if the working conditions are extremely bad, we won’t
hesitate to leave early. After all, the employers also have some
responsibility as well.