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Ever quit or walked out of a job ????

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Bristol Pete, Apr 26, 2005.

  1. Bristol Pete

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    I want to walk out today but dont know what to do... :(

    I suppose that the irony here is that I work in a Job Centre and in many ways, I know the answer. However, I have to ask, would you or have you ever quit a job?

    I am so fed up with working here now. The place has changed so much and my entire day is now spent trying to communicate with asylum seekers and immigrants who simply want one thing, and that is money.

    I get no satisfaction from work anymore. The money is rubbish.

    Sadly something stops me from walking out. Social conditioning I suppose…..

    Have you ever simply just had enough. Life outside of work is bad enough but coming here everyday is making it harder.....

    Pete.
     
  2. Ian J

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    If you walk out today you'll be back by the end of the week but on the other side of the counter where someone will be telling you that you aren't entitled to any benefits as you walked out on your job.

    If you hate the job that much (and I would if I was in your position) start looking for another that you would enjoy more then hand in your notice when you have something else to go to.
     
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    I'm also desperate to leave my current job but I'm setting up various business involvements so that I will have something waiting for me when I do leave.

    I've had several jobs and for 3 years I stayed in one job every year - giving my notice every year (2-4 weeks) before moving on to better salary/positions. I've never just walked out - always had too many dependencies (mortgage, AV system etc :D )

    Don't just walk out without anything else to go to. Unless you don't mind living on the street - it's not worth it. Get cracking and find a new job, then give your notice.

    Good luck

    Mat
     
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    It sounds like you need to look for the right money, but don't underestimate the value of working with a team you like!

    If this is the case then maybe you should have an "off the record" conversation with your boss. Unless of course he's looking to make redundancies....
     
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    Depends if you can afford it and you have enough savings to support yourself until you get another job. Being unemployed is one of the most depressing things you can go through, and in many ways is worse than being in a crappy job.

    But on the other hand as you are a very depressive person, staying in your job could make you worse, but then again it is also very lonely being unemployed as well.
     
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    I’ve felt that way many times, but given the uncertainty with the economy at present, I feel as if it’d be foolish to move when I’ve got nothing to go into.

    I know how you feel though, the ‘daily drudge’ does get to me.
     
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    I've walked out of two jobs, giving the two finger salute.

    Luckily I had other jobs to go to, but dont walk unless you have something lined up.
     
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    I walked out on my job to start something of my own but it was hardly a high flying job but it was still the only incom i was getting. I'd not have walked out though if i was simply going to try and get employment else where, i'd have done that first

    You just don't want to be sat at home mate out of work, head in bits, nothing but time on your hands. You'll end up dwelling on thing

    Wait until you find a job, dont jump ship before you have somewhere to land, you'll end up drowing

    Can't you ask work to move you somewhere where you dont have to deal with the public?
     
  9. Mr.D

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    I walked out of a job without having another one lined up.
    I was already working a 50 hour week and they wanted weekend coverage. I told them I didn't mind occasionally but not as a matter of course. Eventually it started to become the norm with me being required to work 7 days a week every other week. They wouldn't even pay a higher hourly rate for the weekend work.

    I told them I wouldn't be doing it any more . At 6pm on the following Friday the MD comes into the kitchen and has a go at me for refusing to work the weekend . I calmly reply that I will work the weekend but only because I don't want to let the clients down as there is no-one else available to cover.

    Came in on Monday and handed them my notice. They asked me why I was quitting and I told them my weekends were worth more then they were prepared to pay. They then expected me to train up my replacement in my remaining time....no chance.

    I went and temped for Manpower after that as a receptionist/switchboard operator and got offers of permanent positions at every place I worked in after the first week. Finish up they were sending me in to smooth things over when they had sent a numpty to a client .
    Manpower even offered to train me up as an IT manager after 5 weeks but I turned them down after I was offered a job much more to my liking somewhere else. (still here 8 years later). The girls in the office were all pretty fit too! And I got invited to the odd company party every few weeks ( never went though ...too busy working on my own stuff in my spare time)

    So if you have your head screwed on and are polite and prepared to help people you can get a job with Manpower that will earn you at least minimum wage with no hassles or stress whatsoever ( easiest money I ever made and it paid better than the job I left).It was almost enjoyable ... probably the nearest I've had to an extended break in the last 10 years to be honest! They even had a benefits scheme.
     
  10. la gran siete

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    Bloke tried to get me to do some hod carrying once . I told him" do you think my name is Vinny jones or something? " and promptly walked
     
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    Never walked on any job- if I wanted to leave I always gave and worked notice. This included my six weeks cleaning waste water treatment sites which probably ranks as the nadir of my employment history. In all seriousness Cap, I could not walk from a job without a fairly clear idea of where I was going first.
     
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    Although unwise there is somthing dignified abouyt walking especially if one is #being treated badly. I this case , though , I thnk looking for another job first would be sensible.maybe some other sewctor of the civil service or working for somne chairty or other helping homeless / disposessed
     
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    You could always quit then spill the beans about what its really like to work there. I'm sure the Mail or the Sun would take your stories. ;)
     
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    I suppose it depends upon what commitments you have i.e. mortgage,bills etc (not their greatest hits :D ) it would be nice to be able to do it, it really would! I personally have worked for the same company for 21 years (since joining at 18) I have seen good times and bad times (talk of more redundancies now as well... :( ) the good far out weigh the bad i'm glad to say.
    I have always considered job security as being the most important factor but who has that nowdays? (even the Royal family's not safe! - now there was a job for life at one time) but job satisfaction is equally vital.
     
  15. PoochJD

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    Hi Cap'n,

    1) I'm sorry to hear your job sucks so much. I know only too well how debilitating that can be.

    2) Yes, I have walked out, and boy, did it feel good! :rotfl:

    3) I won't bother to regurgitate what others have said. It's entirely down to whether or not you feel comfortable about simply wakling out, and whether or not you have something new lined-up. One word of advice, though: If you do walk out, claim that you are doing so on "mental health" and/or "job stress" grounds. That way, if you do need to claim benefit (which you probably will need to do sooner or later), you still have a chance of being able to legitimately claim. All you'll then need, in order to claim benefit, is proof from your doctor that you are unable to work on health grounds. This should give you some much-needed "breathing space". :lesson:

    4) Don't let these "bar-stewards" get you down. ;)

    5) Good Luck, and if you need to PM me in private, or e-mail me, then feel free to do so! :)


    Pooch
     
  16. Gary D

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    pete,

    sorry to hear your unhappy at work - it must be public service that the problem because i hate my job too!! (Local Govenment)

    try and find something before you walk. how long have you been there? if its over two years and you have employment protection then just start going slower do less! explain how you feel to your boss you never know you might get somewhere. go off sick for a few months and find something else?

    you know where i am if you fancy a chat



    Gary
     
  17. Bristol Pete

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    Aha, but at least I know that I would be entitled to 26 weeks hardship payment, which equates to 2/3rds of the current rate of Job Seekers Allowance (£56.20) and I would get housing benefit paid too :)

    Have decided to to hit the agencies over the next few lunch breaks to see how things are. There are 102 agencies in Central Bristol....!

    Pete.
     
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    You could hang in there until they start asking for voluntary redundancies. I hate my work at the moment and want to kill my boss (with a pair of scissors, I want to pop his eyes) but I couldn't quit unless I had a way of paying the bills etc. Saying that though, I don't spend my day face to face with "people" who, generally, are trying to get everything for nothing. Find a plan B, maybe ask to be relocated to another office or department.

    In fact if you came to Hull you could deal with Eastern European "people" instead of Somalian "people"...
     
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    I have walked out of one job where I was doing outbound telesales to existing customers - had been very bored in the job for a long time and the money was low but the commission was insulting (only 5% of people sold enough to get commission and then the average comission was less than £5 a week).

    Started work one day, remember making a couple of calls, looked at my watch to see if it was time to go for a cig yet and I had worked 5 hours (and got a load of sales) without a break and I simply had no memory of it at all. Whilst it is good that the time at work went quickly it was scary that I had lost over 30% of my waking hours so I walked out without another job to go to.

    Thankfully at the time I only had myself to consider (other than contributing to the rent/bills in a shared flat) and so the absolute povety for 2 months wasnt fun but wasnt as much of an issue. With hindsight I should have setup another job first as whilst I was working again within the month they worked on a month in lieu pay and couldnt setup payment for the first 2 weeks so it was another 6 weeks before I was paid.

    Now that I have commitments I would not consider walking out of my job unless I have another one lined up - the main issue though is that I have a 6 month notice period which isnt fun plus rules of who I can work for after I leave for the next 3 years (basically cant work in the financial sector but not an issue as my role is generic 'business' rather than specialised to the sector).
     
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    This is just for you then :)

    http://www.doodie.com/whack.php
     
  21. Bristol Pete

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    Had almost six months off last year after marriage breakdown so sick leave is a no no, but then nothing to loose I suppose.

    As Job Centre Plus rolls out, we have been assured that there will be no redundancy payments if people loose jobs.

    Pete.
     
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    Sorry to hear you're unhappy cap' :(

    DO NOT WALK OUT unless it's absolutley necessary. You will find a new job much easier if you already have a Job.
    Prospective employers will think more of you if you have a current job rather than if you are unemployed.


    -Neil
     
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    Have you thought about moving to another part of the country...hell even to another country? Starting afresh?
     
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    I would stick with it and only leave when you find something else, that way you can find something that you really want to do - take your time. I've not met very many people who actually enjoy their job, and the grass is always greener etc etc, so don't fall into the trap of thinking that other people's jobs are better and more rewarding :)
     
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    Hi Cap, you aren't the only one to feel that way (am I helping - I'm not sure). Just this week I could have walked. A colleague 'replied to all' with a direct critisism of something I did whereas he could have just spoken to me privately. Not just an internal reply either, our key supplier was also copied in, oh and my boss.

    Just doing a bit of non-cooperation towards him at the moment. If the truth be known I think he is a bit jealous of the attention I am getting with some of the senior managers here. Surprises me a bit too! Followed up his first e mail with another to the supplier adding an explanation to what I had said. I pointed out that the supplier knew this from previous e mails and didn't need to be told again but it didn't help.

    This is the guy I spoke of in another thread who has had his sense of humour removed.

    It's not just you, we all hate our jobs from time to time. Follow the advice, grin and bare it whilst looking for something better. Being a civil servant who knows what the election will bring?

    Stick in there and I'll race you to the door when we both get better jobs!
     
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    I left a job I detested, waited for the right redundancy offer at the right time,
    left with no job to go to. Not worked full time since, best decision I ever made.
    My employer did hint that if I left, I would never work again.
    Not even bothered with job seekers allowance, been 4 years now and I don't
    intend to ever work full time or in a "proper job" again.

    Wait till the time is right!
     
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    Without wishing to be too nosey pjclark1, how do you pay the bills?
     
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    A mate of mine introduced me to the lovely concept of the "screw you fund" (actually I use a diffferent expletive in less polite company) the idea is to always keep a few months salary saved up (if possible - I know it isn't always!) with the sole purpose of being able to tell the boss where to stick it when it all gets too much.

    Haven't had reason to use it yet but it's nice to know it's there!
     
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    I walked out of an ice cream shop and just never showed up to work there again. they called and asked why I wasn't at work and told them it was b/c the job stunk and the owner/boss was a bad person.
     
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    This is always a good one. Just shows what an over-inflated sense of self-importance some of the Fwits have. Tell them to wake up ...its 2005.
     

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