Here's a question, why don't employers try to work with employees to figure out what is wrong, before they quit? Before quitting a company I've exhibited the classic signs of being withdrawn and not giving my best effort. However, no one pulled me in and tried to have a one-on-one regarding the issues.

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Have you told the employer you were unhappy or needed things to change? Employers can’t read minds, and aren’t likely to start bending over backwards and offering improvements to someone who isn’t giving their best effort.

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You do realize that talking to your employer about issues can sometime trigger than thinking it's time to backfill your position. So many people keep their mouth shut, knowing that their employer is generally looking out for themselves and their best interest.

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Some companies simply aren't interested in their employees other than their performance. So you might have been hitting your marks even though on a personal level you were unhappy? Do I assume this was with the Dept of State?

No, different company.

Unfortunately they don't really worry about your mood most of the time, or your general satisfaction. I do think it's a bad sign if your manager isn't trying to make sure you're doing your job/there are things falling through the cracks, but they probably will give you slack for any kind of personal behavior. At least, it's not baseline required.

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