NCIS: Los Angeles season 11 ended recently, and one character did not show for the finale. This particular character was debating her place in NCIS: LA, and maybe there’s good reason to do so.
Nell, played by Renée Felice Smith, is not happy at NCIS any longer. Kensi spoke with Nell and Fatima, and Kensi admitted that NCIS can be a hard place to work. After all, you’re dealing with death, kidnapping, and more. Rather than have Nell quit outright, Hetty convinced her that she needed to take some time, to find herself, find her true intentions.
So, Nell took a vacation, and Hetty made it clear that Nell should simply not call if she chooses to resign; that’ll be enough of a resignation.
“The most obvious sign that you should leave a job comes from inside you — your gut… You often know it’s time to start looking for another job when you feel underutilized, disrespected, or pushed beyond your values limits,” Handrick said, Handrick is a human resources professional, and currently works at Choosing Therapy, so obviously she was the right person for Cheatsheet to talk too.
She does have a point, too. If you aren’t enjoying the job, or it’s giving you bad vibes, stressing you out, it’s probably time to leave. The environment or the people could be one factor causing those things, but so could the job itself.
During season 11, episode 22, “Code of Conduct”, Rountree is offered a job. His full name is Devin Rountree (played by Caleb Castille), and we’re fully expecting a nightmare when it comes to working with him. After all, just in season 11, he’s almost gotten himself and two other agents killed.
He acts without thinking, and does the same with speaking. His errors have been huge ones, and we believe that Nell should dodge the bullet of having to work with him, because it might cost her her life.
Cheatsheet also spoke with Damian Birkel, founder and exec. director of Professionals in Transition Support Group Inc, on what someone should do when they’re taking a vacation or break from work.
“First, do nothing. Rest, relax, and eat for as long as it takes to restore your energy and feel relaxed and calm. Travel or do the things on your bucket list. As you relax and energize, your mind is at work. Insights about your work style and situation will begin to bubble up. Listen to the inner voice within and don’t be surprised if you emerge from your sabbatical singing a new song.”
Clearly self-care, and doing what you want to do, after being controlled by whatever job you work at (as all jobs have bosses and rules, even if you are the boss!) should take priority. Then stop and figure out things as you go. But don’t get too stressed or worried, just go with the flow, which in this day and age, is something hard to do.
Do you agree with Nell leaving NCIS: Los Angeles? If not, why? It could be said that Nell should tough it out, and she might come to enjoy the job again, but… I guess we’ll have to wait and see.