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In this video, I reference an article from Liz Ryan that outlines a number of very specific circumstances where it is OK to leave without giving notice.

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Someone asked the question that translated into, “When is it okay to quit without giving notice?” I remembered an article that Liz Ryan had written in the past that dealt with this subject. Liz is a tremendous resource. The article was released February 17, 2018 on Forbes. It’s a great piece and I want to give a full credit for this because it is a good article.

It starts off answering someone's question and lesson number one is don't give notice unless you know you will get paid for it. So, always make sure that the firm you're working for as a history of paying. Like I know I work with a search firm in the past where I knew that if I walked out the door, I do I was not going to see my money unless I went to the Department of Labor. That was going to take more than a year. So, I collected a commission check and left a little bit of money behind (less than $1000) collected a check for about $25,000 and walked out the door with my things and resigned the following Monday. So, I'll just simply say, never give notice unless you know you will be paid for it.

Then, she goes on to say here at your reasons why you can quit without giving notice. The first one is one is (I've covered this in previous videos) if you feel physically afraid to stay, then get out. Never stay where you feel at risk.

Number two is if you've already seen or heard of employee your company being walked out the door without the ability to work their last two weeks, don't chance it. Tell your boss you're quitting on your last day of work and not a moment before.

Number three. If you going to work for a competitor and you haven't seen any evidence that your company will honor your two-week notice period, don't give them the opportunity to jerk you around. Don't give notice. Just leave.

Number four. If you're you are already in a conflict with your boss and don't want to expose yourself to more abuse at their hands, don't give notice. Ignore the people who tell you it's unprofessional not to give notice. It's unprofessional not to give notice when you work for ethical people. You work for slime balls like at times I have, the professional thing to do was escape at the first opportunity!

Don't give notice if you're hanging on by a thread emotionally and you know that remaining at your job for two more work weeks will cause a breakdown or say things you shouldn't. Great advice. I have seen people decompensate in front of me because they were just under so much stress they needed to escape and after they broke down, then, they left. You don’t have to do that. Just leave.

Don't give notice if you need time to collect yourself and recover before you start your new job. As a recruiter, I’ve work with people who said, “ I need two weeks off before I start the new job. So, I’m going to give two weeks notice and start in two weeks. I am beat two heck” because they were working 90 hour work weeks. This was going to be the first time they were going to see their family. They actually wanted to spend some time with them.

Don't give notice if you feel that your boss will punish you for the crime of wanting to work for someone else. Boy! That is a big one! She writes, “unfortunately, this is not an uncommon occurrence. Some managers will use your last two weeks to insult you and put you down.”

There was a guy I represented when I worked in recruiting who had been with one of the large oil companies for 30 years. He was making very little like the salary of a junior programmer, having started off as a clerk and worked his way up. He gave notice; it was a big day in his life. He gave notice and you know what they did? They brought him to a small office with a desk and no phone and told him he was being reassigned to that spot with no work to do for two weeks. Tell me, how is that good for him or for the firm.

Don't give notice if you don't want to and the new job is ready for you to start right away. This is a tricky one because, sometimes, what you're doing is just chasing a bright shiny object and the idea of the new job may be stronger than the realities of the new job. I’m not so sure about this one. That's my personal take.

Skip the two week notice if your company is laying people off anyway. That’s a good one because, frankly, in the last recession, the person you gave notice became one of the new job cuts and saved someone else.

So, you don’t have to do it if there our cuts that are taking place and, rather than holding out those two weeks, just walk out the door.

Number 10 is don't give notice if your gut tells you that you would be foolish to give your boss another reason to mistreat you. Don't do it. Just leave.

These are great tips from her. I might quibble about one of them but, overall, it's great advice about specific circumstances under which it makes sense not to give notice.

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4 Responses
  1. Jazz Jones

    I’m having to quit tomorrow because I’m getting away from an abusive relationship. I’m terrified that they’ll hate me for leaving like this. But I have my bus ticket to another state this week.

    1. Jeff Altman

      I am sorry you are going through this. AND, telling them what you are comfortable with saying will cause them to understand and not be angry. “I love my job. Everyone here is terrific. I am not leaving because of anything here. I need in order to escape something at home. So I am moving elsewhere to flee that, not you.”

    2. Jazz Jones

      +Jeff Altman I’ll try to say something like that. It’s got my stomach up in knots. I just can’t stay where I’m at. I can’t sleep because of this and I have my shift starting in less than 6 hours. I’m wondering. Should I go in earlier to talk to my boss or wait till my shift at 1?

    3. Jazz Jones

      @Jeff Altman I’ll try to say something like that. It’s got my stomach up in knots. I just can’t stay where I’m at. I can’t sleep because of this and I have my shift starting in less than 6 hours. I’m wondering. Should I go in earlier to talk to my boss or wait till my shift at 1?

    4. Jeff Altman

      +Jazz Jones One detail. If you work for an organization that has a “mandated reporting requirement” they are required to notify a government organization of any instance of abuse. Be aware and make a decision based upon what you believe is right.

    5. Jeff Altman

      @Jazz Jones One detail. If you work for an organization that has a “mandated reporting requirement” they are required to notify a government organization of any instance of abuse. Be aware and make a decision based upon what you believe is right.

    6. Jeff Altman

      @Callahan Jones One detail. If you work for an organization that has a “mandated reporting requirement” they are required to notify a government organization of any instance of abuse. Be aware and make a decision based upon what you believe is right.

  2. Samantha C

    Hi I work in a very toxic environment, I’ve been at my job for 6 years, the last two years have been Hellish since the department went through a restructure and new management took over . I can’t deal with the office politics anymore, my job has aggravated my anxiety and depression . I will be leaving at the end of next month with no notice as I need that final pay check. I’m glad I found your video .

    1. Jeff Altman

      Samantha, I am sorry you are experiencing what you are. There is always a fine line between “pushing through” or “fighting though something” and “knowing when to fold’em.” You have figureed out yours. Good luck.

  3. Agnostic Moderate Libertarian

    I think that it’s best to do this if you been at the job for a no more than 3 months. At that point you can get away with not putting on your resume.

  4. Sj B

    Hi Jeff,
    Thank you SO MUCH for the advice you gave in this video. I am so appreciative of the fact that you were willing to give this information to those of us in need. The reasons are valid and make a lot of sense. I’ve been on edge about the subject for some time now; and your guidance has been really beneficial.

    1. Jeff Altman

      Thank you so much for letting me know I helped you. I don’t make much financially doing YouTube videos. I get rich from comments like yours. Thank you.

    1. Jeff Altman

      @Fran Truck Terrific! If you go to the home page of YouTube channel at JobSearchTV.com, lok for the playlist about starting a new job. It gives ideas for things to do over the first 90 days. AND a thumbs up for the videos is always appreciated!

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