Since some months I am part of a freelance project, doing mainly by people working on in their after-work free time.
I was mainly absolutely incapable to actually work in it, on the following reasons:
- I was inserted into the project after it was already nearly dead. I was inserted into it with the goal to re-vitalize. I couldn't do this.
- People already working on that has seemed me with nearly-open hostility. Their main reason was that they've seen my insertion into the project as the sign of the unsatisfiedness of the customer with their work.
- They've used intensively their very special technologies tuned to their skills. It had probably the reason to make themselfes unavoidable in the project.
- There were also tasks I could have done effectively, more effective as they. It was because they didn't require the skills only they have, instead they belong to my knowledge area. They made these tasks very fast, on the spot, after my insertion, instead of me. Before that, these tasks were in the "somehow never done, but always promised" state. I think, their goal was to isolate me. In their version, they made them because "I was slow".
I've seen that in some weeks after I was inserted into the project, and I think, the professional reaction had been that I explain these openly to the customer and try to peacefully leave.
I've explained (1)-(4) to him. In his view, he see this as my "incapability and unwillingness to work and to adapt to my co-workers". Before this project, I had a quite good relation with the customer, now it is very bad. Despite his communication, I think he also understands my arguments, but somehow he ignores them.
My goal would be to optimize the chances of a possible next project in the future.
I further think that the best would be to leave, but I would still remain if it is better.
Which is the better? To leave, or to remain? If I would leave, how to do this with the possible minimal disaster to our work relations?
Note: I actually don't want the money I could have got for my work until now. My only goal would be to hold the possible best relations with him.