Six Reasons Why You Should Never Quit Your Job Without Notice

Dear Boss, I Quit

Most people who have entered the workforce have probably dealt with the process of ending their time in one job, in order to move on to the next stage in their lives. One of the key components of this process is the giving of prior notice, and neglecting to understand the importance of this component can reap dire consequences.

There are a number of reasons why someone would find themselves in a position where they neglect to understand the severity behind the decision to ignore giving any due notice, with any number of the following being driving factors in this occurrence:

  • An eagerness to move onto the next thing.
  • A desire to get out of the position they’re currently in, as quickly as possible, and as easily as possible, no matter what the consequences may be.
  • Being a foreign worker, and not being aware of the customs that surround the work environment that perpetuates the idea of giving the due respect to a former employer through the use of a notice form. Seeking out the assistance of a professional translator is the best remedy to this issue, which is preferably to be undertaken prior to the commencement of work in a foreign country. The goal here is to have the intricacies of work life explained in detail.

In many of these cases, the driving factor goes part and parcel with the belief that there’s really no reason to continue cultivating and nurturing the environment surrounding the current job, if it’s to be terminated shortly anyway. 6 examples show that assuming this stance is faulty, and each seek to elaborate on why giving notice should always be the preferred option.

1. Burning bridges is never truly a good thing

Even though you cannot foresee the occurrence of a future return to the employer, it’s still a good idea to leave this opportunity available. Burning a bridge that doesn’t need to be destroyed is never a good idea, especially if the future opportunity is a favourable one.

2. Your employer isn’t the only one impacted

Your coworkers also have to deal with the sudden change in their work life, and many times these coworkers are burdened with unexpected extra workloads as a result of your leaving without due notice. This is especially troublesome if the newly allotted work was being specially handled by you throughout your tenure, in which case, they may be ill equipped or ill prepared to deal with the new work.

3. Your employer may also not be the only unhappy one

As mentioned previously, your sudden and unannounced exodus will leave coworker feeling stranded, and they probably won’t forget — or accept — this act of negligence. The future is unpredictable, and it may bring you and your former coworkers together, which may disqualify you from any opportunities that may have been afforded to you as a result. This is especially true if you operate in an industry that is fairly small and tight-knit, in which case it is almost certain that your paths will align eventually.

4. It may be in your best interests to give notice — financially speaking

Your specific contract, or any applicable laws and regulations, may entitle you to benefits if you honour the notice clause (if present). A failure to give notice may mean you won’t receive things like vacation or holiday pay, a planned bonus, or any other entitled benefit.

5. You may find yourself blacklisted, or more or less so

Many companies compile a list of former employees who are advised not to be dealt with, for reasons of incompetence, but also for reasons of disrespect. These companies often share this information with other companies, and if you’re on it, this can prove to be a serious hindrance to your career ambitions.

6. You probably won’t be able to use the employer as a reference

Even if you have already procured a position elsewhere, at the time of your termination, you may still need to have the reference for future purposes. You won’t be able to use the employer as a reference in the future, which will prove problematic if the job you’re going for requires 2-3 previous job references.

Understanding the real repercussions involved with neglecting to follow through with giving prior notice is essential, and involves more than simply looking at the here and now. It requires foresight — an ability to see more than what’s in front of you — and although not every example demonstrating the importance of giving notice is applicable to all circumstances, they all give insight into what can occur if this notion is ignored.

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