What Happens If You Walk Out Of A Job?
Deciding to quit your job without due process can be a huge life event, with many possible outcomes. Depending on your current situation and the context of your job leaving, it can be a difficult decision to make, and there is no ‘one size fits all’ answer to this scenario. There are, however, a few important things to consider and potential consequences to be aware of when it comes to walking out of a job.
What Are The Risks?
- Negative Impact On Your Reputation – Once you have walked out of a job, it’s likely that your former employer, colleagues, or anyone else in your professional network will notice. It’s possible that associates, who may be aware of why you decided to resign suddenly, may not look upon you with favor. They may question your ability, professionalism and even your mental health, so it’s important to consider this before making your decision.
- Loss Of Savings – Sudden resignation is often associated with loss of wages and employment benefits, like bonuses and company savings schemes. If you decide to enter a work-free period, you may find yourself in a difficult financial situation, as you won’t have steady income to supplement your savings.
- Difficult To Return To The Professional World – Companies are often cautious when hiring new employees and likely to see a potential candidate, who has demonstrated a tendency to quit suddenly, as unpredictable and unreliable. This could affect your chance of getting another job with or without recommendation.
Is It Ever Justifiable?
There may be some viable reasons to walk out of a job, such as injury or illness, abuse or discrimination, and unforeseen and unmanageable private matters. But not every situation that seems like an emergency merits quitting on the spot. It’s always important to pause and evaluate the possible consequences of sudden resignation and determine if it is the most reasonable solution to your problem.
If you still decide that exiting your job is the best solution to your conflict, it’s essential to proceed with caution, order and due respect for your employer and their policies. Professionalism and understanding of the context should be main components of a successful exit from the job.
Though walking out of a job often results in dire consequences, there still may be situations where it is justified and necessary. It is important to have an honest conversation with yourself and clearly evaluate your situation before deciding what course of action is best for you.