I recently read an article about not giving your 2 week notice when you leave a company. It was even suggested it is okay to bail, that is, just leave. That being fired didn’t require a notice so why should leaving? I beg to differ. There is a huge difference between being terminated and a planned departure.
Obviously this person has never experienced a ‘bail’.
I was working part time and caring for an elderly Mother when the full time employee cheerily announced at noon “Don’t be surprised if I don’t come back after lunch.”
All of a sudden at 1 p.m. I became a full time employee, doing 2 persons jobs. She intended to hurt our employer, but our boss was GLAD she left. She hurt me plenty however.
Not only did I now have extra work and hours at the same part time rate, but I had to do all the required paperwork for a termination, plus I had the task of finding a replacement for her; preparing and placing an ad, screening resumes, interviewing prospects, and training them, all the while doing 2 jobs. I found a person, trained them, it didn’t work out and I had to go through the whole process again!
I will NEVER forget this persons name and face.
Is this how you want to be remembered?
It is just common courtesy to give notice. Even if you are mad at the boss and want to run out! Looking for another job while employed and leaving the current one without notice is murder in the first degree. Your fellow employees will narrow their eyes at the mention of your name. They will think you sneaky, untrustworthy, mean, irresponsible and at the least, lacking good manners. Which means, you are a shit. You saddle them with extra work that they may not even know how to do. And for months, you were planning to do this to them all along. Thanks a lot!
If you’re mad at the boss, take the afternoon off and cool down. If you still want to leave, give notice! That way you’ll still have friends. Friends that might one day end up in a position to hire you for a job you covet. And guess what will happen when they see your name.
This is the old, don’t burn your bridges lecture that Mom and Dad gave you.
Take heed. It is true. Don’t bail. Ever.