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Monday, December 11, 2006

Quitting Without Giving Notice

Of course, except in extenuating situations, you should give notice before you quit. But, this is an extreme example of an employee who stormed off when things didn't go his way.
Top tenor Roberto Alagna has stunned opera-goers at La Scala in Milan by storming off stage in the middle of a performance after he was booed.

The Franco-Italian singer, who was playing a leading role in Verdi's Aida, walked off minutes into the second night of the opera house's new season.

His understudy rushed on wearing jeans and carried on Sunday's performance.

For further reading:

6 Reasons You Shouldn't Quit Without Notice

Hat Tip Ann Althouse.

31 comments:

Samantha said...

The last job I quit, I gave 1.5 days notice (roughly). I told them on Friday that Monday would be my last day. I know it wasn't "proper" to do it that way, but the job that was offered to me needed me right away (they wanted me on Monday, but I negotiated for at least one full days notice).

I don't feel bad for giving such short notice to the company I used to work for though... They had a habit of firing people on the spot when they gave their 2 week notice. It happened at least 3 times during the 10 months I was with the company. One guy was fired on the spot and accused of hacking the company network when he gave a 30 day notice (he was the asst. manager in the IT department - why on earth would he need to hack the network when he had full access to everything ON the network?).

Evil HR Lady said...

Companies that have the habit of firing people when they give notice get what they deserve.

I once had a manager call me to complain about an employee that told him on Friday that he was starting a new job on Monday. He went on and on about how unprofessional he was to do such a thing. Then, later on in the conversation he admitted that it was his practice to terminate employees immediately when they gave two weeks notice.

I pointed out that his employee knew he had done it to others and saw no reason to have to have two weeks unpaid. Duh.

And as for hacking the system. When Evil Marketing Man quit a job once, they had the same freakout. His boss said, "Do you have your keys in your pocket?" He was very confused and told her yes. She then marched him out the door and told him she would pack up his office and he could pick it up on a week.

Reason? She didn't want him to steal any confidential company files. Ummm, if he was going to do that, don't you think he would have done it before he told his boss he was quitting?

jules said...

I quit without notice recently. i handed in my keys along with my polite, professional and brief resignation letter. I thanked my supervisor profusely, even though she had just spent the previous day telling me incompetent I was. I won't get into the specifics but I only had the position for a little over a month and despite doing research and asking the right questions during the interview I was led astray.

My boss began yelling at me as I walked out the door in front of clients (at a recovery center) and threatened to "ruin my career".

It took everything I had not to turn around and say, "You know what lady..." but I didn't.

Two days ago a women at the center, whom I didn't realize was a Health Educator waiting to meet with my boss contacted me and offered me a job as her research assistant. She said my boss had stated that I was a "stuck up graduate student who didn't know how to conduct herself in the workplace."

This woman said she smiled and said, "With her terrible attitude and unprofesisonalism, I bet she's bet great in Academia."

She also mentioned that my exit was the sassiest and classiest thing she'd ever seen.

I now have a wonder job, a mentor and a clear understanding of why you should never do anything but hold your head up high and walk out the door.

Simone said...

Jules, your quitting w/o proper notice only gave me more support and inspiration to do something similar. But for me, because the people at my current job are so dramatic, I will leave an envelope on my desk, with a polite resignation letter and my timesheet and the office keys.

For my own emotional stability, it's not good for me to do it face to face. Micromanagement is terrible here and I know that if I did give a two weeks notice, those final days would be brutal and I'd just rather leave w/o a peep.

Anonymous said...

I quit a long-time job without notice because of conflict with a co-worker. I had actually been looking for another job for some time, and decided to accept a position I was offered with the privso that I start Monday. It was explained to me that the person I was replacing had left early and they needed me immediately. I should have smelled a rat, but I was so desperate to leave the job I was in that I agreed. In one short Friday afternoon, I packed up my personal belongings, cut up my company ID and credit card, and turned in a letter of resignation and my building keys to my boss. He, I'm sure, was delighted that I was leaving because the conflict with my colleague had put him squarely in the middle. One or the other of us were always in his office, complaining. If he'd had better management skills, he wouldn't have let it escalate to that point. He knew how upset I was, yet he accepted my resignation without comment. The new job turned out to be a nightmare; the person I replaced had actually been fired when she offered her 2 week notice. That's why they wanted me to start immediately. The job was misrepresented to me in many ways, and I left after 2 1/2 months. I was emotionally drained from quitting 2 jobs in 3 months, and wished so much I could go back to my old job, co-worker and all. But since I'd quit without notice, that wasn't possible. Although the employee handbook did NOT say that former employees who quit without notice were not hired back, common sense told me they wouldn't want me back.

Sandra Z Designs said...

I am thinking about walking out on my job without notice because of harassment and intimidation. I have been looking for a job for months but there is not much out there. My question is that I've held this position for years and if I leave without giving notice how can I list this employer on my resume? Even though I don't think he would be very nice even with notice and my life would be made like a living Hell either way I wonder how this works.
Is it true an employer can't give a bad reference, that it's illegal?
I appreciate any help I can get.
Thanks!!

Caroline said...

I'm planning on leaving my job with no notice on Monday. I have been treated unfairly, degraded, humiliated in front of coworkers since I began four months ago. It's strange because I passed the probation..but I recently went on my honeymoon and was told I better not quit when I return (which I am) I was berated and harrassed by the head director yesterday. My boss is on vacation and I think it's the perfect opportunity to just get up and leave. Any suggestions?

Anonymous said...

I know this blog was posted sometime back; but I still feel inclined to comment.

I just quit via phone messages. I put in notice two weeks ago, and I was still put on the sched.

My friend called it, "re-quitting," and I thought it was quite amusing.

While I would usually encourage two weeks notice, in some cases, it just isn't comfortable. ...and I agree with the statement about companies not giving employees two weeks- I've been apart of three company wide layoffs.

Thanks for the information!

Anonymous said...

Jules and others you all are my inspiration. I was micromanaged, berated and abused for 3 1/2 months on a job. I received no training and was told it was sink or swim. Needless to say after a meeting with my boss and her supervisor, (2 months into the job) I decided to continue my job search. I found a new job with a much nice group of people and less stress. On this new job, I was sick all of the time, took work home every night and on the weekends...it was hell! So I am happy to say that I am leaving my current job and giving notice today!

Anonymous said...

I can't imagine how horrid a job must be to leave without good notice. Nor can I imagine ever accepting a position with an organization that would terminate upon notice.

I have left four jobs in my life -- three with over 90 days notice and one which I felt I could only three weeks notice (owing to a death in family and the need to relocate).

Anonymous said...

I'm planning on quitting a job without proper notice. It's a part time job i'm quitting, and i'm already working a full time job. I wouldn't normally and haven't ever quit without giving 2 weeks notice, however I have never worked in such a terrible work environment in my life.

I've been physically pushed around, pulled by my sleeves by a team leader and had papers i was carrying purposely knocked out of my hand while presenting to this team leader. He's also consistently called me useless and has even kicked a chair at me once. I'm certain if I were to make formal complaints against this team leader I could. Unfortunately I haven't even passed my probation and this team leader has been working for years there. I doubt it would go far with management, nor do I even know where else I can turn. I've tried to suck it up from the start, but the team leader feels as if he can bully me since he had interviewed me into the position.

I will be quitting without notice, but will send a resignation email to management, stating especially the reasons why I am no longer working there (due to the team leader). There are probably many other better ways of dealing with this, but I just don't.. think... i know them...

Anonymous said...

I was called into the office Friday and my Supervisor wrote me up for not having work done in a timely manner. I took the position two years ago as a Supervisor under her and was led to believe that I would have different teams to do tasks throughout the store. Guess what? They never hired the teams, I ended up being the "teams". I was hired to supervise my crew but in the end worked right along with them with more responsibility and was held accountable for their short comings. So I worked the rest of the day and five minutes before leaving for my weekend off I sat down and wrote my letter of resignation. I was going to give my two weeks notice soon anyways but this was the last straw and I would rather chew glass than come back to work on Monday. I've been in this line of work for 18 years with different companies and never worked under this much disarray. It's Sunday now and I feel the weight of the world has been lifted off my shoulders and everything will be okay, life goes on.

Anonymous said...

well its been a few months now since I quit my last job which still feels like yesterday. When it is just the employer and the employee working you find that there is a friendly bond between the two well because there is no one else so you got no choice to be.

Yes this man or creature as I would like to call it now would say things to me that would make me feel useless and even joke about how he would want to beat the S out of me and he would me feel stupid and careless and kick me down on my worst days I wont go into detail. Other people told me It is scum where as very few would say he is a good boss.

There were good times I shared with this creature. It would share his background about his life and I would share mine with him. On long journeys it would pack lunch and I would bring the coffee. On lunch breaks it would get me a cup of coffee and if the day was real hot it would get me a coke well considering that I didn't take morning breaks im in titled to something.

But when I went to quit it lacked very little in compassion when I said I had to help my father with his business because my Auntie had left. It told me that it has been more than fair with me and done its best it could do. It thought I was quitting because I want to I quit because I had a family to tend to. It told me to take a week to think about it so I did when the time came I told it that I can only hang on for two weeks it wanted me to hang on for 5 to 6 weeks. I said I don't think my dad can hang on for that long and he said talk it over with him but before I did it said it would respect the decision I made either way(which I talked it over with my dad and it said I can do what I feel like do what my heart tells me to do). and before I left it said that there is work next monday even though it told me earlier there was none.

That Monday I asked it why are we working on a public holiday and it said it was nonocks day or what ever the hell it called it I went around to ask people whether they knew of this and they said nope his playing you which it was.

by the end of that week I helped him do everything from A to Z and when it dropped me off at my place I thought I should tell it now. So I did and it was an awkward silence I thought I had to leave soon so it could make its physiotherapist or in its case car mechanic or exorcist. I wish I could of left with a real goodbye like It has been great working with you but I didn't want it to miss its appointment even to the end I was still nice to it. So before I left it as asked me to hand in all my gear which by the way was already out of my bag by half way of the trip. Even through I cant remember the first few words all I got in return was goodbye and soo long. and as I continued to talked to him keep in mind Ihad to make it quick. I said your more than welcome to visit anytime or I can visit you and yet again in return I got a yeah sure sure right and a whatever mate ( i was hoping for a thank you for all your hard work) and with anger and frustration I finnally gave with a ahhh **** YA THEN and slammed the door and that was the last I ever saw of it.

The important thing is not to feel guilty for leaving there is always somewhere else better or if you dont like working for others why not work for yourself im doing it now and I couldn't be any happier this is the best job in my life I can say with out a doubt.

You give the notice you feel you can give and don't let anyone put you down for the decision you make if you feel it is the best one to make don't let them judge you because they don't know what your life is like and just remember they would have done the same when they were younger too.

Use this as a growing experience

Anonymous said...

Wow that's great advice. I have been at this job for about a month maybe less and I hate it. They have high sales requires for a store discount card and care more about that then customer service and keeping their products in order on the floor. Cashiering requires u to be a pushy sales girl and that is not me. I am on my fifth day an am officially trained now but my hiring boss will be here today and I am scared to go to work today.. or to even quit.
I had a customer tell me how sweet I was and to go apply with her sister at a local restaurant. I did and have an interview tomorrow

Anonymous said...

I am currently pregnant and working in a soul-crushingly boring job, in a badly-run company, with a boss who has NO IDEA about the position’s work. Instead of asking questions when they don't understand something, they instantly accuse me of incompetence. (Which is funny, because I have 10 years experience at this, and no one else complained!) I have been there a couple months, and this has happened 3 times. I am the 5th person in the position in less than 2 years (something that was NOT told to me in the interview.) Now that I see the messy, horrible way things are run, I can SEE WHY. I am only staying until my third trimester, and then, hopefully, the next time my boss has a little fit and begins berating me, I will say ‘Sorry, I guess I’m a little DISTRACTED because I am pregnant.’ Then, they won’t DARE fire me, and I can pretty much set my departure date at will. They would also be ill-advised to give a bad reference since I will be leaving due to pregnancy, (Not, the REAL REASON of ‘If I stay here one more minute, I am going to trash the office because you people are such idiots!!!) I hate my job so much I fantasize about this EVERY DAY. But I am grateful I get to leave with a really good excuse. Without that excuse, it would look bad to only have such a short job on my resume. Only a few more months to go! Yeah!

Anonymous said...

I quit my job and gave 1 day notice. I was so intimidated by the lady that was my supervisor that i could not communicate with her without buckleyly over. She has the face of monkey all wrinkled up and very unapproachable. She would not even say good morning and never once said thank you nice job, but was sure good at reprimanding me for whatever I did wrong. It was her way or no way. I went to work every morning walking on egg shells till I finally got fed up with her when she gave me a disciplinary notice. I was so hurt and embarressed. I am not sorry that I left at least now I can sleep.

Anonymous said...

ok so i work with this company for over 2 years now i recently moved to arizona and got transferred my last location was so good i loved my coworkers my boss was so good ,but this new branch is horrible they treat me badly everyone is so rude to me .I am an indian and some of them are racist ...they say that i smell of spices sometimes and spray there perfume on me or sometimes they accuse me of using cellphone in bathroom cauz i go to bathroom often (3 times in a 8 hour shift which is too much for them)co workers yell at me if something not done the way they want ..i have decided i am quitting without a notice i cant take this treatment anymore ...i know its fall and it will be hard on them in busy time .But i am too stressed now both emotionally and physically.

db459ily said...

Well reading all these posts put my mind to ease. (Not that I should be uneasy at all) I have been unemployed on and off throughout the past two years. I took a leap of faith leaving a company I was at for 17 years to "spread my wings" and well, my wings got clipped a bit and I got let go after a year and a half. I bounced 8 months on/3 months off for 2 years about, until I found a job which I have been at for 4 months and really enjoy. As fate may have it, one of the prior jobs offered me a position and needed me immediately. Wanting to keep my integrity, I attempted to please both places and gave one week notice rather than the standard two weeks. I wrote the great resignation letter and even put in there that if the 1 week was not feasible to please contact me to discuss. Well wouldn't you know it, I am unprofessional for giving 1 week notice and all my good luck emails start with: "I heard you gave one week's notice....good luck." Great job on not making this a negative thing, right.

It is sad because I really like what I do and I like working here but due to older parents and unforeseen circumstances I have to make a career move that isn't just about me. I am 100% ok with it because after reading all the posts, I did my best and I did great things in the mere 4 months that I was here, so out the door I will go with my head held high. You definitely can't please everyone but thanks to the posts here, I can please me and not feel guilty for going about leaving the way I NEEDED too.

No more stress because if the bridge is burnt, they did it to themselves because they too have let individuals go the day of notice, etc. I did my best and now will move on knowing that business is business and I will be in the right place for the right reasons and I WILL sleep at night.

Suzanne said...

Well, the day is HERE!!!! I have enough time to go on maternity leave! Yeah! This is probably a better thing then I realize since I think my boss is selling the company and we are all going to be out of work anyway. I am ECSTATIC to leave. Being a payable clerk when all your vendors have you on credit hold because your boss refuses to pay bills is VERY unpleasant. I feel like such a scumbag at this job. Not to mention the fact that when (just after my probation was up) and I told my boss I was pregnant, he told me straight to my face he'd have fired me if I'd told him 3 days before (when I was still on probation). Nice. Even if you THINK that about pregnant employees, you probably shouldn't SAY it to their faces. He has been just awful since I told him, but who cares? I only have a few more weeks on my notice period and he will probably close the office before then. Merry Christmas to ALL!!!! :)

Anonymous said...

There is nothing so transcendent as finding the opportunity to leave your horrible, soul-destroying,job due to health reasons, collect insurance pay for your condition, leave about 4 weeks worth of work for your mean, clueless boss to handle (thus DESTROYING their holiday) and give 1 hour notice from a hospital bed for the whole thing. The exquisite sweetness of that legal office revenge will linger years after the medical leave is up. If I was not so sure of recovery, I would worry about the the choir voices of the Hallelujah chorus in my head. Sometimes bad things happen to bad people. Thank you Karma. The metaphysical crotch-kicking provided to said bad person is the best present I could have hoped for. It is true what they say, the best gifts are the ones that don't cost a penny.

BlackjackDealer said...

I am quitting my job without notice today as well. I work as a casino dealer during the night shift. The job has emotionally and physically drained me due to the stress I endure from it. The players there are very rude and swear at the dealers all the time. All of this for minimum wage (low tips) is not worth it. The casino has too many dealers to schedule anyways since they always close tables leaving the dealers with nowhere to go. I have to stand there at this incredibly boring job for 8 hours without even being able to turn my head around because we need to guard the table. Being a casino dealer is one of the worst jobs out there because you have to listen to players complain and yell at you while you are not allowed to talk back without being reported for lack of professionalism. Dealers aren't even treated as human beings where I work because players abuse them whenever they want to and see us as their natural enemy. It's a ridiculous job where negativity is rampant and I'm just tired of it all. I don't care if I can't pay off my student loans for my worthless college degree and end up with bad credit.

Anonymous said...

I worked for this company for over 5 years and most recently got promoted to a job which I thought was a great fit for me. The job has since been restructured and I ended up reporting to a new boss who micromanaged me too much. Out of the four months that I was supposed to be in this role, I was off for 7 weeks (sick time and vacation time combined). I was literally dragging my feet to go to work. Finally made my mind to quit and gave two weeks notice. I thought they would turn around and just pay me my two weeks notice and let me go. But three days after I quit, I was still working there. So I emailed my boss saying which company I will be working for, a day after the email, she went to my desk, and advised me that I can leave early. Although I was happy that I was paid and not have to work for the notice time I gave, I also felt unwanted on the job.

I think, overall, we want to matter and be recognized for the job we do.The feeling of breaking free is great but also leaves a paranoia of being blamed and be thrown under the bus.

Hang in there and God bless us all.

Natasha said...

Am on my way to quit my job - am an intern - so shouldn't b a big deal - this gave me inspiration! thanks a lot!

I'm too awesome for my current job, have a better one waiting for me come Feb 1st - yay !! :P

Anonymous said...

Employers don't give you notice when they let you go. Why should employees be expected to do differently...?
I'm leaving a job of 17 years (to run my already established business full time) I will not be leaving notice. Just my keys and tools. My manager will never hear from me again. I'll work out all the benefits transfers, etc with the HR department.

Anonymous said...

The first job I had was when I learned my lesson that if you are going to quit then don't tell them the day before. I worked for Missouri Rug Cleaners back in the summer of 2006 I could only lift so much, and on my second week I lifted a rug that was heavy enough I could feel my insides shift so I told them that tomorrow will be my last day. I was treated horribly throughout that last day and I'm sure one of them wanted to punch me.

The second job I had was right after the first one in 2006. I was a bit inmature back then being fresh out of high school and under a lot of stress at home. And so I had fun quiting my 1 month long job at Burger King.

All went well for a while and about a year into college I got into debt of which sent me through 5 more jobs both out of stress and my own inmaturity.

I grabbed a part-time job at Bass Pro and would basicaly work as a paid volunteer for extra help with special activities. Later that year in October of 2007 I snagged a full time job at a McDonald's. I quit that McDonald's twice. The first time was a ploy to get this very angry person fired that would cuss all the time and never get written up for it. At which I was set to go full time at Bass Pro and then canceled it since I had more leeway at the McDonald's with that negative person gone.

However the second time I was just plain fed up with it and quit that McDonald's on the second to last day of my two week notice. I left right on my break because one of the managers decided to let me have and later I decided I deserved it since I wasn't the best employee.

Then as time went on I was paying my motorcycle off that I got in 2008 by donating plasma and with my part-time job at Bass Pro until there was a turkey give-away for the employees and one of the managers that I turned down the previous employment 'upgrade' to got me fired by the end of the year without following the three manager agreement rule.

Leading me to Feburaury of 2009 while I was paying my bike off I needed more income. So in desparation of next to no money I grabbed another job at another McDonald's to help out for a bit. It was fun quiting without notice on this occassion. I worked at this McDonald's until mid October and was bad mouthed and treated like the scum of the earth. So I just up and quit. They still owe me a hundred bucks because I know I would retaliate if I ever went back for it. (Its been 2 and a half years and still not reported as missing property.)

But all was good as during the last months I had begun an interview process at Kraft there I lasted three whole months. And would have loved to stay longer. However this time around I only had the support of two co-workers and the rest rushed me out the door no matter what I did. Truly my first unwinnable battle that I wanted to win. But perhaps it worked out for the best.

Because soon after I lost that job, my mom lent a helping hand to help pay my bike off and help me go to college. And So I grabbed a job at the census bureau and worked until no further work was available throughout the course of March through August of 2010.

I have been a college student since and have started over on my gpa in 2010 hoping for a graduation in 2014. Better late than never. But at this point in May of 2011 I am hoping that I can get another job of some sort that I can keep for at least a year. Especially now that I am more mature and not burdened with stress.

Anonymous said...

I worked for a major corporation a few weeks ago. Most of the people at the corporation did not have degrees or only possessed associate's degrees and a few had Bachelor's degrees. I have a Bachelor's and a Master's degree and I was technically 'overqualified' for the job. Yet, I met some great workers and friends while I was at the job. I grew to love the job and it didn't matter that I was 'overqualified'. I was happy to work at a nice job and make friends.

Over the time I was there, they began to give me more and more responsibility. I eventually had to do more work than any of the other workers in the branch. I was okay with this, but I did find out that the other workers were making much more than me while I was scrapping to make 'ends' meet. I also had to work 14 hour shifts while others did not or made excuses to leave if they had to do so. I always tied up everyone's loose ends, including my immediate supervisor, who did not have a college degree and constantly gave me bad advice about how to handle things on the job.

This supervisor continued to make things harder for me, more and more. On two occasions, I tried to talk to her and find out if there was anything that I could do to help the relationship and I told her my concerns. She replied in a very childish manner and said that she was too busy to answer my 'childish questions' or 'babysit me'. Immediately afterward, she gave me more bad advice and when I followed it, I ended up in trouble. She did not help me out of the trouble and I had to compromise considerably to fix the situation. As usual, she took the credit for fixing it, just as she had always taken the credit for any of my achievements.

Eventually, her boss began to notice my work ethic and he called me into his office and said that he wanted to give me a big raise and that if I continued to do well, he would proceed. I profusely thanked him and executed my work with even more motivation and I gradually became his 'secretary' - not in name, but in duties. Over the next few weeks, the supervisor that treated me badly kept having meetings with her boss, who was treating me very well. Because of the proximity to their office, I could constantly hear her mentioning my name, etc. and him trying to defend me. He began to treat me not as well, although he was still polite for the most part. However, he stopped talking about giving me a raise and began to allow another worker to 'run over' me and accuse me of things that I didn't do. I talked to both supervisors about this on several occasions, but they did not take it seriously at all. He constantly gave raises and promotions to other workers, many of who had no college degrees at all. I was the only worker with a Master's degree, but I continued to receive near minimum wage pay. Yet, they both began to pile work on to me, more than the other workers and I was told that a raise would not likely happen for me... They continued to use my knowledge and the immediate supervisor continued to take credit for my work, yet, a raise wouldn't happen and I was struggling with payments and the accusations at work.

Finally, the mean worker accused me of an offense that could get me fired. I told the supervisors, but they didn't do anything so I panicked and quit on the spot. (The mean worker was also telling lies about me to other supervisors, so it is a SURETY that I was going to get fired.)

After I left, I was informed that the company is trying to put out bad references on me to prevent me from ever having a job. I was also told that three people had to be hired to do my job. The company is pretty much saying that I was a bad worker who didn't do as I was told, etc.

The company had a habit of firing anyone who gave two weeks notice or treating them very badly...

Anonymous said...

No one can spread untruths about an individual. That sort of thing is worth talking with an attorney about - there is usually no charge for a consultation of this type.

It is truly amazing that so many scum-of-the-earth are rewarded and kept in jobs, while other good workers get the heat.

khl03 said...

I am currently sitting at work, not doing what i am supposed to be doing yes i Know. I am tempted to leave my key card and office keys right at my desk and walk out leave a letter of immediate regsignation on the desk. I have been physically ill since starting this job. The doctor I work for has such a busy practice and he has a 21yr old runing it basically for him. I feel like a glorified babysitter. How should I go about quitting. I also get paid today...Do i wait for my pay check then quit or just get up and go now...I'm still within my 6 month probation period the thing is, i feel terrible for leaving him with patients for the afternoon and not having a secretary.

Librachick said...

I just quit my job actually this morning and I feel kinda bad but im relieved. I have been blessed to land another position, its paying a little less, but to be honest I don't give a bleep. I got fed up with having to work myself like a pencil because of a lack of staff. The stress I was under was unbelievable and I was on the brink of a breakdown and all for 7 bucks and seventy five cents at a retail store. No way! I didn't even call or give notice of my not coming back and I don't care. They will never hear from me again and THANK YOU GOD.

Anonymous said...

I was working in agreat job for the last eight years and than the hospital decided to give us 70 days notice that it was closing. In a scramble to find a job I accepted the first one that was offered to me that met my requirements. I asked all the right questions in the interview and was told that they would accomodate all my scheduling needs. My first day on the job the manager would not even shake my hand. She did not say one word to me the whole day or ask if she could help me with anything or if I needed anything. I was given a permanent schedule even though I had 2 weeks left of orientation. My schedule was completely incompatable with my husbands schedule. It had me working 11 out of 12 nights that my husband also was working. I went in the second day of orientation and again the manager did not aknowledge my presence. I deceided to ask some co-workers about how approachable she was with the schedule. They told me that she is not. I decided to ask her about the possibility of changing my days around and she said there was nothing that she could do but I could talk to another manager and try to switch with people in the future. I went home that evening and sent a resignation letter, and left a message on the managers voice mail. It seems now i am labled having left my position without notification and am unable to get a job within that organozation.

Anonymous said...

I, too, am in the quandary of telling or not telling. My "new" boss “needed me yesterday”.
I need to work until Tuesday so I can get my full last check and bounce out by Wed..
I’m going to compose a very nice email letting my manager know that I have found something that better fits my family’s needs and I apologize for leaving so abruptly but if I gave 2 weeks notice, I’d have missed out on the opportunity. (This is not total bull but is semantics as I could have given about 5 days notice and that’d have been it before missing out on this opportunity.)
If I gave notice, I’d have been a victim of drama and I have never not given notice but this time, well, it was necessary for self protective reasons.
The place is full of backbiting and there has been a turnover of 9 people in my position over the last year! (There are only 3 of us working in our position with only 2 of us on call at a time.) The new manager (my immediate boss) is getting slaughtered behind her back. I feel bad not telling her but I know that she'll be moving on one day in the near future.
I want to tell her. It is inevitable as I see it. Either she’ll do as I did and leave or they’ll abruptly fire her.
She doesn't know how bad it is for her but I don't want to get caught up in the drama by telling her. It is a shame. (Sigh.) I just started there 2 weeks ago and it is a hard job, paid terrible pay with extremely high expectations, working with 2 other ladies (and our manager) in the front.
The clients consistently remark, “Ohhhh. Another new girl!?” which doesn’t feel or look great at 41.
The manager, and the one lady who is in our position who is the sole survivor after a year, cannot stand each other. Every day the staff in the back bite office bite the manager in her back all day long with this lady in the front and I am so grateful I have a fresh start on Thurs...
I am sick with the flu and working through it until I get paid Wed., getting my hair done and having a day to decompress before starting a new job. (NO PAID TIME OFF. NO SICK DAYS OR PAID HOLIDAYS. EVER. NOT EVEN AFTER A YEAR.)
It is what it is. I debated giving notice but I think the owner'd fire me right away and I KNOW I'd be the "other" victim of the backbiting.
So in the mean time, I go in, work hard while wearing a smile though sick, and act professional. When I see/hear the drama, inside I sigh a sigh of relief knowing my days there are numbered.