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12 Signs Workers May Want To Quit Their Job The First Day

SimiFebruary 25, 2018

Congratulations, you aced that interview and nabbed the job. You’re excited because this is a whole new set of opportunities for you. Perhaps it’s the job you’ve always dreamed of having. You arrive on your first day, but it’s not quite what you thought it would be. Should you quit on your first day of a job or should you at least try and stick it out for a while?

Starting a new job is never easy. You feel overwhelmed with all there is to learn and do. If you decide you should quit on the first day, ask yourself a few questions first. If the pressure of the job is higher than you thought it would be, speak to your boss. Negotiate for the conditions you want before quitting.

Although every job has its highs and lows, sometimes it makes sense to quit before you get too involved. If you get the strong impression that something is wrong with your new company, it might be time to get out while you still can. If this is confusing to you, don’t worry. Here are 12 solid reasons you should quit your job on the first day.

1. Your Body Tells You to Run

Give yourself permission to quit your new job on the first day if everything inside of you tells you to get out of there now. You might come across abusive behavior or harassment. For this to happen on your first day should be a warning that the place is just not safe. After all, your safety is what matters most. No job is worth putting up with abusive behavior from co-workers or managers.

You should not tolerate harassment of any kind. If you encounter these conditions, your instinct to quit is spot on. Get out of there as soon as possible. No matter how much you researched the company, it is possible to land a job where you work for the wrong people. If this happens and you feel as if you’re in danger, quit while you’re ahead.

Even if you leave the job for safety reasons, always quit in a respectful, dignified way. It is up to you if you want to give the real reasons for quitting. Sometimes, it’s just better to quit and say nothing about why. After all, it’s not as if you’re going to benefit from any changes they might make.

For the sake of other employees, you may want to say why you’re leaving. You would be doing your colleagues a favor if you tell the truth about the company’s abusive culture. After all, everyone is responsible for calling out abuse and harassment. Speaking up is morally sound. It’s also understandable if you decide to leave without explaining.

2. They Toss You in the Deep End

Some companies have misguided ideas about introducing new workers to the job. If they tell you on the first or even the second day you must face a high-pressure situation, you may want to call it quits. Imagine if you’re told to man a huge switchboard before you’ve had any training. This is an extremely unfair situation.

Everyone needs time to learn how to do a job. Don’t let anyone toss you in the deep end by forcing you to perform a complicated task if they haven’t trained you properly. They are putting you in an uncomfortable position. You could even suffer anxiety as a result. For a company to do something like this is sabotage.

Without the right training and experience, you’re likely to do a poor job. This will reflect badly on you, and make you feel incapable of doing the job at all. If this happens to you, you need to make your objections clear. And if they do nothing about it, quit. No job is worth that kind of stress. Just like anyone else, you deserve to be treated with respect.

3. Unfair Labor Practices

If you start your new job and they tell you they’ve changed the conditions, pay or benefits, turn around and walk out. This kind of practice is unacceptable in the labor market. They made an agreement with you regarding your hours and whether the job is full time. They covered your benefits and salary. If they suddenly tell you that the job is now part-time with none of the benefits they promised, they are cheating you.

You have every right to walk out and look elsewhere. In some countries, this kind of behavior would be illegal. You could even sue the company for breach of promise. Only a lawyer will be able to tell you if that is possible where you are. And choosing to go the legal route is a serious decision to make. It might even end up costing you money, instead of compensating you for a broken promise.

It might also take months to resolve. But, don’t allow dishonest employers to bully you into accepting their new job conditions. You were promised something and should get what they agreed to. This is time to write the job off to experience and find yourself somewhere else.

4. You Have to Fire Someone

Imagine you have been hired as a supervisor or manager of a department. Now imagine that you walk into work on the first day and they say your first job is to fire Shakira sitting at the desk over there. This is a classic case of passing the buck. You don’t know Shakira and they want you to fire her? Walk away. The company should respect their new employees and do their own dirty work when you’ve just arrived.

Even if it is indeed your job to hire and fire for your department, making you fire someone on your first day once again shows disrespect. It shows they feel they can treat you as a scapegoat. And if they do it on your first day, imagine what they’ll do in the future. This is a legitimate time to walk out the same way you came in without looking back.

If you tolerate this kind of treatment, you are giving permission for your new employer to treat you badly. This will turn into an unhealthy working situation, where you’ll probably become sick. Your self-esteem and sense of self-worth will take a beating, too. And it will become harder to get out of the situation the longer you stay.

5. The Company is in Trouble

If you get to work on your first day and find out the CEO has resigned, and the IRS or SEC is investigating the board, go home now. The company is obviously in deep trouble, and it’s not something that’s going to blow over quickly. Don’t get involved in a company that’s in turmoil. You’re likely to end up without a salary if this is the situation on your first day.

What you hear about on your first day is likely to be the tip of the iceberg. Corruption is something all too familiar, as are fraud and deception. If you work in a company that is in this much trouble, your reputation and resume are going to suffer. But, make sure what you hear is not just rumor. Confirm the information you hear from other sources.

Once you’ve found out as much as you can, decide whether to stay. If the situation is serious, your best bet will be to exit. Once again, do it politely and face-to-face. After all, your dignity and reputation could be at stake. The lesson you can learn from this kind of situation is that researching a potential employer is important.

6. Disloyalty is the Name of the Game

It’s your first day and you report to Ms. X, who reports to the CEO. Imagine the CEO calls you to a meeting. He tells you that you are probably slightly less useless than your boss, Ms. X who isn’t present at the meeting. After making this insulting assumption, he proceeds to tell you that you could have Ms. X’s job by the end of the week because she’s incompetent.

Not only has the CEO insulted you, without even knowing you, he has shown complete disloyalty to your boss. If something like this happens to you, you should immediately realize this is an organization that uses disloyalty and ugly office politics. People clearly talk about each other negatively, and they actively try to sabotage one another.

The problem with this kind of environment is that everyone ends up fighting for themselves at the expense of others. This is not a healthy work environment, by any means. Now is probably the right time to say goodbye and thanks for nothing.

7. It’s Just a Scam

If you get to work on your first day and they want you to fork out some money, run away. Your new company may want you to buy a uniform from them or some tools or even a training guide. They might even say that they’ll deduct it from your first paycheck. This will mean that you won’t even get paid for your first week of work.

The fact that they didn’t tell you about all these expenses at your interview should make you smell a rat. If they told you then, you would probably have avoided accepting the job offer. If they leave it to your first day, there’s something wrong. Being asked to shell out hundreds of dollars should tell you that they’re just a bunch of scammers. And they’re probably scamming their customers, as well as their staff.

There are other ways a company might try to scam you or do you out of money. You might, for example, walk into work the first day and they tell you they won’t pay you for the first week because it’s part of your orientation. Once again, why didn’t they tell you about this beforehand? The point is, they don’t respect you and don’t deserve another minute of your time.

There are plenty of other companies who won’t scam or exploit you. You owe it to yourself to avoid employers that will disrespect or use you. If you walk out at the start, you won’t have lost much time. Get back out there and find a company that will give you the respect you deserve.

8. Toxic Vibes Permeate the Workplace

Imagine you arrive at work for your first day. You’re full of expectations, and a little nervous, too. Still, you’re looking forward to a fresh new start. You have visions of a peaceful and harmonious working environment where people care about each other. You look forward to meeting all your new colleagues and looking around.

Now let’s imagine a different scenario. You arrive at work for your first day, and instead of the peace and harmony you imagined, it’s the opposite. Two top managers are screaming and swearing at each other at the top of their voices. This goes on for some time. You just stand and stare. What have you walked into? Is this just an isolated incident, or is it a sign of greater problems?

Your answer comes an hour or so later when you hear a loud bang as an office door slams. One of the managers has resigned and is leaving on the spot. There is tension and negative energy all around. You feel like you could cut it with a knife. Remaining staff members are sullen and silent. You can feel their resentment and see the unhappiness in their faces.

If you end up in a scene like that, turn around and walk away. You don’t want to willingly put yourself through that sort of misery and dysfunction. The organization is clearly in chaos, and it’s unlikely that management is in control of the situation. There’s a toxic atmosphere, and it’s likely to infect you quite quickly. So, leave and don’t look back.

9. They’re Not Expecting You

Another good reason to quit your job on the first day is simple: they didn’t expect you. Nobody seems to know why you’re there or what you’re supposed to be doing. They may not know if they’ve even hired you and nobody’s available to train you. You wait around for a couple of hours, yet they haven’t resolved the problem.

This is another example of a dysfunctional company. If employees don’t appear to know what is going on, then how can the company function effectively? How can they get their core business done when they can’t organize something as simple as hiring a new staff member?

What sort of working life will you have with this company? The likelihood is that chaos will be the name of the game. You are unlikely to have much chance of growing in a place like that. You probably won’t get training opportunities, either. And you’re unlikely to get a promotion in such chaos.

Do yourself a favor and walk away. There are other jobs out there where you will get the opportunities you deserve. If you hang around in a dead end job, you’re wasting time. You’re delaying your career if you stick around for any longer. Grab your stuff and make for the door. But remember to be polite, of course.

10. It’s Not What They Promised

On the first day of a new job, one of the things you must do is fill in a lot of forms. This is usually boring, but a necessity. You’ve agreed to various conditions of service, like your salary. hours, and job title with your new employer. Now it’s time to make it official. But what you start filling out your new employee forms, but something’s not quite right.

What if the salary, benefits, working hours, title and other conditions are not as you they promised? What if they’re asking you to agree to longer hours, lower pay or a less appealing job? If you’d known from the start this is what they were offering, you would never have taken the job.

You might raise all these problems, only to for them to say how things have changed. They tell you this is the only job available to you at this point. They push you to sign the contract and try to make you feel better about it. Like an innocent fish, you’ve been reeled in, hook, line and sinker. Don’t fall for it. This is a classic bait-and-switch tactic and is as dishonest as the day is long.

These people are obviously untrustworthy. Do you want to accept a job you probably don’t want? If they greet you with dishonesty from the word go, that’s what you’ll get forever. It’s time to cut your losses and refuse to sign that contract. Tell them you don’t want that job and walk out the door right away.

11. You Hate It

If you hate your job from the word go, you’re not going to do well at it. A negative attitude about anything decreases performance. If you hate your job from the start, you will be heading on a downward spiral. You will have no passion to offer your work. Your sense of pleasure in doing your job will be absent.

Worse yet, you will dread going to work. Research shows that if you are not doing something you love, you will never reach your fullest potential. You will be like an idling car, never going anywhere. Every day will feel like a chore. You’ll walk around feeling as if you’ve got a lead weight around your neck. You’ll be miserable and unfulfilled.

Without enjoyment and love in your job, you will not be dedicated. You won’t be interested in your work or look forward to new challenges. Instead, you’ll be walking around in a fog of misery. If you have a negative attitude towards your job or company, you will never thrive. Your career will suffer, and so will your resume.

If all you feel on your first day at a new job is dislike or hatred, it’s time to move on. Life is too short to be unhappy. There are plenty of other positions out there. If you cut your losses at the beginning, you’ll give yourself space for other opportunities. Find somewhere to work where you enjoy your job.

12. You Get a Better Offer

Let’s say you have been on several job interviews. A couple of companies are interested in hiring you, but only one of them has offered you the job. Let’s say you start work, only to get a better offer from one of the other companies. This puts you in a dilemma. But a better offer is a better offer, so you want this other job. This is when you need to be careful about how you exit your existing job.

Always resign face-to-face. You’ll probably feel awkward, but you need to break the news to your boss in person. Resigning by email is unacceptable and unprofessional. It will give you a bad name, too. Also, be positive. You don’t have to explain why you are leaving, but let your boss know that you thought about your decision seriously.

Tell them you mean no harm to the company. If your manager insists on knowing why you want to leave, tell them you feel it would be best for both you and the team. Prepare a written resignation letter you can give to your manager when you resign. Many organizations require this kind of paperwork. Don’t tell your colleagues you have resigned without checking with your manager.

The manager might want to break the news themselves. Give two weeks’ notice, if you can. Some companies might have certain policies about how much notice must be given. Be flexible if you can and offer to work for three or four weeks, if necessary.  The company might, want you to leave immediately, but if you stay for a few weeks, be fully present in the job. Your reputation depends on it.

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