Should I quit my job without having another lined up? 

Written by Calvin Bowers
Last updated March 31, 2021

Why would anyone want to quit their job without already having another one to go to?

Leaving a job when you already have another lined up might seem a suitable choice for many people. However, waiting for the next successful interview might not be the right strategy for others. You might find that you do not have autonomy over your schedule, making it arduous to take time off during workdays for interviews. Similarly, you might not have enough time to retrain for your new role.

Preparing for a career change is essential to strengthening your job search while also improving motivation and positive attitude about making a change.

We have prepared a list of the seven most common reasons why people would want to quit their job and leave as soon as possible:

Seven reasons you may want to quit your job and leave as soon as possible

  1. Your job might be emotionally unsafe

An emotionally unsafe environment is where ideas are likely to be ignored, used against staff, stolen or entirely rejected. A workplace like this might make people feel afraid to contribute their thoughts in meetings or participate in discussions. This can have a negative impact on employees’ self-esteem and mental health since going to work constantly worried that their expertise is going to be questioned or disregarded can be detrimental in the long run.

Moreover, you might feel that you are being mistreated at work, resulting in you quitting your job and leaving as soon as possible. For instance, bullying, abuse and harassment can lead to mental and physical illness of many kinds. You might consider taking sick leave. However, if your symptoms persist, you might opt to leave immediately. Organisations like ACAS provide emotional support in the workplace.

  1. Your job might be physically unsafe

A physically unsafe workplace occurs when employees cannot carry out their tasks due to physical conditions in the work environment, posing a threat to someone’s health and safety. For example, broken equipment, hazardous chemicals, asbestos or exposed wiring can be dangerous and present a risk to staff.

Moreover, inadequate policies and procedures, poor housekeeping, damaged Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and unauthorised equipment operations are also factors that negatively affect a work environment. If you find out about unsafe working conditions, you might have the right to refuse to work until your employer resolves the issue. However, your employer might disagree with you, for instance, regarding the imminence of the danger, which might result in you considering leaving as soon as possible.

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has a wealth of resources that can help you discuss Health and Safety matters with your employer.

  1. You might not have autonomy over your schedule

Employees who have the autonomy to make their own choices at work are more likely to be happy, committed, productive, and loyal. Being independent in the workplace also plays a role in the employees’ sense of engagement with their organisation and contributes to workers’ decisions to stay within a company or seek a new role elsewhere.

The degree of autonomy that an employee can experience varies significantly from day to day and from organisation to organisation. For instance, your supervisor might have a say in how you should approach your daily duties but less control over you and your team’s strategic direction. If your expectations are not in line with the degree of autonomy you are experiencing at work, you will be more likely to consider leaving your job as soon as possible.

  1. Family Circumstances or Health Reasons

Your family circumstances or health reasons might be a reason for leaving your job without having another one lined up. For instance, you may experience family events that require you to move closer to home. Similarly, you may have recently found out about a health issue that would prevent you from carrying out your tasks at work, for example, if you discover you have epilepsy and are a driver.

On the other hand, you may choose to be a stay-at-home parent until your children are in school. If you discover a new health condition or disability, it is your discretion to decide whether to disclose sensitive details.

  1. Organisational Restructuring

As companies increasingly grow and evolve, you might experience internal changes in workplace dynamics, and therefore organisational restructuring. For instance, a downsized team might result in your duties and responsibilities in the workplace changing. Although this might be necessary for the company you work with, you might consider pursuing new opportunities which better fit your skillset.

  1. You might decide to pursue other goals

If you have maximised your current job opportunities, you might consider working on new projects, goals and possibly aspiring for a career change. To do so, you might need to retrain and invest time to acquire new skills. However, if your full-time job does not allow you enough free time to plan your career change, you might feel that you want to reduce your working hours or quit your current role without having another one to go to yet.

  1. You might seek more flexibility

As technology advances our ability to perform various jobs remotely without negatively affecting the quality of work, companies are increasingly offering workers flexibility, such as flexible hours and remote working. However, your profession’s nature might not accommodate flexible working, for example, working in hospitality or education. Therefore, you might feel that an occupation change can be an opportunity to meet your specific needs.

Your workplace rights against discrimination, harassment and bullying 

The Equality Act 2010 protects you against discrimination, harassment and bullying related to protected characteristics.

What the person has done to harass you to make you feel a certain way is called ‘purpose or effect’.

Here is a list of the purposes or effects of someone’s conduct that violated your dignity:

  • Humiliating
  • Offending
  • Intimidating
  • Being hostile
  • Being degrading

You can find further information on the Citizens Advice’s website.

There are many reasons to quit your job without having another one lined up. However, there are also times when it makes sense to reconsider this. You might have worked for an extended period without taking any holidays, or you might have experienced a minor dispute at work that upset you.

Talking to your manager about your concerns is a great way to tackle emotional stress and improve your mental health in the workplace. We have put together a list of helpful organisations that can support you:

If you have established that choosing a new career is the right thing for you, you can visit our websites’ resources to understand what you should be taking into account when changing jobs.

Last Updated: Wednesday March 31 2021
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