Why You Shouldn’t Quit Without Notice

By Koh Wanzi

Some of you may be familiar with the mounting frustration that comes from staying in a job that you desperately wish to get out off.

But before you give in to the temptation to turn in your resignation and quit on that very day, think carefully about the consequences.

When you quit without notice, you risk ruining your professional reputation and your standing with your employer. Not only is it irresponsible, you could one day come to regret your impulsive decision in professional networking circles. Employees come and go all the time, and your co-worker or boss today could very well be the hiring manager at a prospective company in the future.

You Lose a Valuable Employer Reference

A positive reference from a previous employer can often add a welcome dose of credibility to your job application. If you decide to quit your job without notice, you risk jeopardising your chances with future employers who may run reference checks with your previous employers. Employers will naturally be wary of hiring someone who left without notice, and your history of having done just that might cost you the job – regardless of your previous good work and contributions to the company.

Harming Your Professional Reputation

Regardless of which way you look at it, leaving your job with less than two weeks of notice is just unprofessional. You should hold yourself up to the highest standards of professionalism and be accountable for ensuring a smooth transition before you leave. Take pride in your work and continue to deliver the best that you can up to and during your notice period.

You may wish to quit to spite your manager or punish him or her, but it is your co-workers who will suffer for your actions. They will be forced to pick up the slack in the event of your sudden departure. These are the very people who comprise your professional network, especially if you intend to continue working in the same industry.

When you quit without notice, you risk alienating them and hurting your professional standing. You never know who will end up as a decision-maker in the hiring process at companies you apply to in the future and you could seriously hurt your chances if you run into them again.

You End Up Paying

Finally, you’ll find yourself unemployed and without a salary. It’s possible that the decision to quit suddenly was an overly hasty one, which means that you will not have had the time to set up your search for your next job. This could involve updating your resume and portfolio and also getting in touch with any contacts you may have in other companies. But as mentioned earlier, you will almost have guaranteed yourself a bad reference from your boss, which will not stand you in good stead with prospective employers who wish to refer to your previous workplace.

As a professional, it’s always best to adhere to company policy and serve the required notice period. Your boss isn’t the only one that matters, and you should give thought to your co-workers as well. The exit door may beckon to you, but a couple of weeks or a month is a small price to pay to leave the company on good terms and with your reputation intact.

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