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13 Reasons Why You Should Not Walk Out on Your Job

Updated on May 2, 2013
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Jeannie has been writing online for over 8 years. She covers a wide variety of topics—anything from hamsters to office work.


When Good Jobs Go Bad

Let's face it, very few of us enjoy our jobs all the time. Some of us are frustrated on a regular basis at work. In fact, I'll bet plenty of people consider walking out more than you can imagine. But should you walk out on a job? Of course not! Would it feel wonderful the day you walk out? Yes, sure. Are you going to regret it later... yeah, probably.

Unless you are asked to do something totally crazy, you probably need to at least put in a 2 week notice. No matter how bad it gets, it is not worth ruining your reputation walking out. This is unless, of course, you are asked to asked to do something horrible, like kick puppies or steal from old ladies. In those situations, yes, I will give you a free pass. You can walk out.

Most of the time, we just have to tough it out no matter how many times you end up hiding in the bathroom crying. Let's explore some of the reasons why walking out is a bad idea. That way, if you do walk out on your job, you can't say I never warned you. Oh, I am so kind and generous in that way!

Reasons Why You Should Not Walk Out:

  1. Yes, you may feel exhilarated and liberated and all sorts of other feelings that end with the word "rated" at the time, but when you are checking every job site that exists and no one is hiring, your happy feelings are going to plummet.
  2. Sure it may seem like you can never watch enough TV, but you can only watch all those Kardashian shows so many times on E! channel before you throw the remote control at the TV. That is going to be expensive to repair; you certainly don't have that kind of money anymore!
  3. When you are sitting at home all day, you will start to realize just how much toilet paper you go through each day. You will have plenty of free time to eat, but no money to buy food. Your electric bill is going to soar since you are home all day without anywhere to go. You are going to zip through your resources pretty quickly and then just sit in the dark day after day.
  4. Sitting around watching your neighbors go to work is most unpleasant when you are unemployed. This is especially the case when they get home with things you can't have any longer... like food.
  5. Flipping burgers can be fun for about 3 weeks, but the excitement wears off when you get that first paycheck. You have just sweated over a hot burner for days and barely made any money at all. I'll bet you are missing your old job! Unless, of course, your old job was flipping burgers. In that case, you just broke even.
  6. Going back to your old job about a month after you've walked out is fairly humiliating. You thought your job was bad before, but just wait until you are begging to get it back with a pay cut!
  7. Your pets are going to get tired of looking at you everyday. Kitty used to be able to peacefully nap all day long, but your loud weeping is ruining her beauty sleep. Even Tweety can't figure out why you are hanging out all the time and no longer sings a sweet song to you.
  8. You might be the outdoorsy type, but hanging out on the corner begging for change is not a fun adventure. It is a tad bit dangerous and typically not a good financial idea.
  9. Did you know you can get arrested for diving into public fountains and taking the change people have dropped in it? Just thought I would mention that one.
  10. Inevitably, even if you are the healthiest person on the planet, you will get seriously ill about one month after your health insurance ends. Perhaps you will fall and break your leg. Maybe you will get tonsillitis. What if you catch the swine flu? The possibilities are unlimited. Have no doubt though, you will get sick and won't be able to pay for it.
  11. You won't look forward to the weekend anymore. As a matter of fact, you won't even know it is the weekend since everyday is the same.
  12. Staring at the phone hoping you will get a call about a job interview is a sad way to spend the day.
  13. What kind of answer will you give people at parties if they ask the standard, "What do you do?" question? You will be speechless. And that is only if anyone even invites you to parties anymore. Now you are the friend that walked out on a job in this economy. Yeah, you are that guy or gal! Don't be that person!

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  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    You are right... it is not advisable, but sometimes your mental health is the most important thing. I have to admit, I walked out once on a job, but it was a better economy at the time. I would still consider doing it now though if needed. Thanks for your comment!

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    7 years ago from Dublin

    No it is no advisable to walk out of your job. Although, Speaking from experience, it was the best thing I ever did.

    I was in a job for 10 years that was causing me great stress and so one day I just picked up my bag and WALKED OUT. I never looked back.

    I would advise anyone who is in a job that has taken over their life and is causing them undue mental stress, they should WALK AWAY.

    Yes it will be hard when pay day comes around but as one door closes another door opens.

    Garlic Angel :-)

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thanks for checking it out! :-)

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    7 years ago from fghjkl

    thanks for writing this hub ...

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thanks so much! I appreciate it. :-)

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 

    7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

    I hope a lot of people read this. Up, interesting and shared.

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Sadly, I have to admit it has factored in on my opinion about jobs and whether I should I quit, too. You are kind to help out the cleaning crew like that. ;-) Thanks for your comment!

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    Cindy D Whipany 

    7 years ago

    The TP usage thing has been a critical factor in when and if I leave a job. I mean, I generally help my employer's cleaning staff out by removing those partial rolls at the end of the day ...

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    I seriously need some pep talks myself! It is tough going to a job each day that is just not a good fit. I am happy you made it to retirement. That was obviously the right decision, but tough at the same time. Thanks for the vote up and the comments!

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    7 years ago

    I love this hub. The last few years I was at my job were miserable. My husband would give me a pep talk every morning since I was so close to early retirement. I am now glad that I stuck it for the health insurance and retirement pay, but it wasn't easy. Voted up.

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    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Efficient Admin - Yes, I remember the good old days when there were plenty jobs and you could walk out if you needed. Now everyone is just stuck, which is why I think companies treat employees worse and worse. I hope it all turns around one day soon. Thanks for the votes up!

    drbj - Thank you for acknowledging all my generosity with this hub. ;-) Hehehe... it is tough not to walk out sometimes though. I understand why some people do it... and secretly envy them!

    Pamela99 - Thanks so much! I needed to write this hub to cheer myself up sometimes. One of these days, I will get to put in my notice! Thanks for the votes!

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    I loved your sense of humor in this hub, plus this is obviously good advice. Definitely have a job lined up before quiting another. Always work a notice too. Voted up and useful.

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    drbj and sherry 

    7 years ago from south Florida

    Only a fool would walk out on a job before securing another in today's world. But people do fall victim to their emotions and do just that. I like your reasons, Jeannie, why people should take time to think first before making an irrational decision. You ARE a kind and generous person to share your thoughts. Voted Up!

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    Michelle Dee 

    7 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    There was a time (long long ago) when you could walk out and find another job pretty fast. Not so any more. Even when I moved here to my current city in the year 2000 I had to register with 10 temp agencies just to get temp jobs to bring in cash flow. Fortunately it only took 6 months to find a temp job that went perm. I think it's always been tough to find a "good" job.

    This is a useful hub, voted up and across.

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    truthfornow - I understand what you are saying. I have had some headaches and I had to leave work early, too. Of course, by the time I've worked a few hours at my job, I usually do have a headache. I suspect you do, too! :-) Thanks for the votes!

    billybuc - You are an inspiration! Trust me, it is going to happen to me one day, too. I just need to say these things in my head so I can postpone the inevitable. Thank you!

    FlourishAnyway - Hahaha... this is not me... yet. I did walk out on a job once though. I was pretty sure they were all going to jail and I was not going with them! Of course, the economy was much better than and I had some options. Thanks for your comment!

    flagostomos - I think there are a few people like that. A former co-worker kept purposely screwing up over and over again until he got fired. Then he got to collect unemployment and chill out all day. Sure, there is no dignity in that, but he seemed to like that option. Thanks for checking out my hub!

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    7 years ago

    My Dad always said, "Don't leave one job until you've secured another." I certainly hope there aren't a lot of people that seriously leave their jobs for more time to watch T.V.!

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    7 years ago from USA

    Very funny, unless it describes you to a "T." Loved your rationales.

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    Bill Holland 

    7 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Well shoot, Jeannie, I walked out two years ago and became a full-time writer and I love my life. I don't belong in this hub. LOL

    You are a funny lady, Jeannie. Well done!

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    Marie Hurt 

    7 years ago from New Orleans, LA

    This is quite timely. I feel like walking out on my job right now cause I got pissed off to the highest. So, I just went home early saying I had a migraine. Voted up, Funny and Awesome.


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