My office has a bed bug problem which seems unlikely to be resolved. I have only been with this company 15 months. Is it okay to change jobs now? Can I mention "office hygiene" as a reason why I'm looking again so soon?
4 months ago we had our first confirmed beg bug. Since then four building-wide treatments, two firings of suspected bed bug carriers, and several spot treatments have failed to resolve the issue. The number of confirmed sightings has actually increased (but of course we're all on high alert too). One was found in the next cubicle over from me.
I came to this company only 15 months ago. In 12 years this is already job number 5. Jobs 1 and 3 were around 1 year in duration. Jobs 2 and 4 were at 4 years. I'm self-conscious about the short durations as-is.
Leaderships response to the bed bugs is to downplay it all and only issue terse two sentence notices which appear to have been written by legal (which sits at HQs, a bed bug-free office a thousand kilometers away). The company had looked at temporarily relocating us while the building was gutted and remodeled, but that plan has been delayed indefinately. There has been no allowance made for working remotely from home or any other location. Leadership continues to host clients, vendors, and interviewees at our building, and asks us to please keep our mouths shut about the bed bugs.
Meanwhile at home I fastiduously follow the exterminator's recommendations: Upon arriving home, all clothing goes straight to the dryer on high heat, then I take a scalding hot shower. My wife and kids can't hug me until after the shower and even after that there's still some apprehension. For 4 months. It's getting old.
I'm having trouble balancing all the above to decide whether to stay or find another job. And when finding a job, how much honesty is too much? I don't want to drag the current employer through the mud, and I also want to make it clear that it's not my first choice to be leaving. So what does the M-T community have to say?
[Edited for grammar.]