Most of us at some point in our careers have felt the desire to walk out of our jobs
due to a grievance we have had. Whether this grievance is due to a mean boss,
limited career progression, difficult co-workers, broken promises, toxic work
environment or poor terms and conditions, walking out in haste should be avoided at all costs for multiple reasons.
The majority of employee grievances can be brought to a satisfactory conclusion
without confrontation. Your first port of call should be to resolve the issue yourself
internally, then through management and if this is unsuccessful then through a
third party. When all of these options have failed and you have decided you have no
option but to resign, you must have a plan B in place first before you leave, never
just walk out with nowhere to go and avoid telling colleagues your desire to leave.
If you do walk out, although this rebellious act and sense of relief will feel fantastic
initially, you will be leaving your family’s welfare exposed and potentially damaging
your future employment prospects as you have created a difficult situation to explain
in the career section of your CV and you have most definitely lost this employer as a
Being emotionally involved in a job is a healthy situation as it can bring out the best
in us but it can also cloud our judgement causing us to sometimes act irrationally.
Think through your situation wisely, plan and act accordingly. Where possible find
alternative employment first then try and leave an employer as professionally as
possible and no matter what the reason, serve your agreed notice period. Spend as
much time as possible towards the end of your tenure preparing for your exit by
closing as many outstanding items as possible, conducting a solid handover with
your replacement, label your files and generally ensuring the upkeep of your good
name. This may seem a bitter pill to swallow at first but remember your focus
must be on preserving your professionalism, character and future.