Why do people just stop showing up for work instead of formally quitting?

Updated on : December 4, 2021 by Zac Griffiths



Why do people just stop showing up for work instead of formally quitting?

Despite what some people say about integrity and loyalty blah blah blah leaving a job often comes down to the last straw in a series of incidents. I worked in one place for about 1.5 years. When I started working there, the manager was very professional and handled very well. It was a restaurant, but many of the employees had been there for years. About 8 months after I started working, the manager retired. His boss, the district director, also retired. Everything went downhill from there. The scheduling became erratic, many of the long-term employees quit. The new manager went blind

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Despite what some people say about integrity and loyalty blah blah blah leaving a job often comes down to the last straw in a series of incidents. I worked in one place for about 1.5 years. When I started working there, the manager was very professional and handled very well. It was a restaurant, but many of the employees had been there for years. About 8 months after I started working, the manager retired. His boss, the district director, also retired. Everything went downhill from there. The scheduling became erratic, many of the long-term employees quit. The new manager turned a blind eye to sexual harassment, even when it happened outright. It was verbally abusive. He began having an affair with an employee and promoted him to deputy director.

One day we were very busy. I was a cashier and had to go to the kitchen to get something for the customer from my cash register. When I got back, my manager was so angry that he was "wasting" time hugging me from behind, hitting me on both arms and telling me to get back to work. Of course, what he was carrying for the customer flew off. They all stood there and stared in amazement, even the people waiting in line in the lobby. I turned to the cash register, with tears of humiliation and anger, and finished calling my client. He told me not to worry, that he would come to order his article later. Giving this item to the customer at the time they ordered it was company policy. I finished my shift and never came back. I do not'

For those wondering, I didn't have a reputation for doing pirouettes. In fact, he often worked overtime to help and cover late employees. My coworker and I did the afternoon shift with just the two of us, doing all the dinner prep, plus cooking and cashiering. According to the company manual, four people were supposed to handle that shift, but since my friend and I could do it with just the two of us, that's how they scheduled it.

Sometimes people quit without warning because they just can't take it anymore.

There are two commonly known employment terms that are used in the US in relation to contracts between employers and employees. The first and best known is "at will". Most states employ "at will." This term means that the employer could fire an employee "at will", which means that it does not have to provide a reason why this employee was fired. You could fire him for a reason or even no reason. The employee is also hired "at will", which means that the employee can decide without any reason that he no longer wants to work there. You don't have to give a reason or

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There are two commonly known employment terms that are used in the US in relation to contracts between employers and employees. The first and best known is "at will". Most states employ "at will." This term means that the employer could fire an employee "at will", which means that it does not have to provide a reason why this employee was fired. You could fire him for a reason or even no reason. The employee is also hired "at will", which means that the employee can decide without any reason that he no longer wants to work there. You don't have to give a reason or formally resign or even work in your notice period.

Another employment term that is commonly used by employers in the US is "fired for just cause." This is a term that is used to complete unemployment documents. When an employee is fired for just cause it means that he violated the terms of his contract. It can range from constantly being late, theft, gross insubordination, fighting at work, using drugs and alcohol at work, or attending work while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs. When a serious charge is suspected and you are fired "for good cause," you are not entitled to your unemployment benefits. Any “just cause” dismissal is taken seriously; there is no disciplinary hearing to gather information or even give the employee a chance to defend himself.

One of the viewers wrote that he quit his job and his employer immediately fired him "with just cause" without accepting his resignation. This put him in a difficult situation because he did not violate any policies or breach any contracts. Your employer has the ability to fire you "at will," which is a term used to say without any valid reason or explanation. This is why people prefer to walk away from work without receiving any relief role because they feel it is a safer option.

Several people responded by saying that they were fired "with just cause" when they wanted to resign. Another group of people say that in their workplaces people are fired "with just cause" to seek alternative employment. They run away without even having another job. These are not isolated cases. People are afraid to resign

A separate group of people claim that not only are they fired "with just cause" when they quit, but their employers withhold their last salary and they simply cannot start work, put their fair days on the job, only to be fired just earlier. finish and do not charge for your working hours. They prefer to run away even with no other position in sight.

I read a very interesting question from a reader who claims that he signed a five-year employment contract with his employer. At first, I couldn't believe that no business owner could reach such a lengthy deal in today's uncertain economic conditions. Nobody knows what the future holds. This person's contract had a condition that either party had to notify each other two months in advance in the event of termination. Now this person complains that after one year the employer fired him “at will” with immediate effect and wanted to know what to do. In my opinion, you are entitled to two months' salary since your employer broke the contract. That is a very carefully orchestrated contract. To give the employer peace of mind and job stability, the two-month salary is negligible because you spend so much more than that on hiring. This may be a solution to this horrible personnel change. However, if you dismiss the employee "with just cause", you do not have to pay the agreed settlement of two months' salary. It is not necessary that just cause be shown or that a certain procedure has been followed.

Please note that this is not what I am saying, I am simply broadcasting what I read.

This is because they regret sacks of shit. They probably weren't parents and they didn't listen to teachers, coaches, and other mentors when they told them that "a man's (or a woman's) word is their bond."

When a person is unlucky with few possessions, little money, and hard-to-reach prospects, he still has his word. Unless they don't.

Accepting a position (job) is accepting a contract. The employee promises to do certain things like introduce himself, perform a certain amount of work, and follow orders. He / she has given his / her word to do so and probably shook hands on that promise.

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This is because they regret sacks of shit. They probably weren't parents and they didn't listen to teachers, coaches, and other mentors when they told them that "a man's (or a woman's) word is their bond."

When a person is unlucky with few possessions, little money, and hard-to-reach prospects, he still has his word. Unless they don't.

Accepting a position (job) is accepting a contract. The employee promises to do certain things like introduce himself, perform a certain amount of work, and follow orders. He / she has given his / her word to do so and probably shook hands on that promise.

All contracts can be broken by one or both parties. Everyone moves on, everyone changes jobs or careers. But it should always be done professionally, whether in person or in writing. If no notice is given, an explanation must be given.

Failure to do so would indicate that the employee is a liar, unprofessional, untrustworthy, and does not deserve many meaningful employment opportunities.

Parents. Think about this when your child wants to leave the team because he cannot start. They accepted the position, agreed to practice, and probably barred someone else from being on the team. Please don't let them give up.

I'll start by saying that I've never done this. I would feel really guilty and rude if I stopped applying for a job. I can't pretend that I really understand people's motives for doing this.

Having worked with a few contractors who did this:

  1. They assumed the job was done but they didn't clarify.
  2. They had addiction problems and it was hard enough getting out of bed in the morning.
  3. They got bored and found something more interesting. Reliability was not part of his value system.
  4. They had a real emergency situation.

Apart from n. 2, they could have done something to indicate they weren't going

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I'll start by saying that I've never done this. I would feel really guilty and rude if I stopped applying for a job. I can't pretend that I really understand people's motives for doing this.

Having worked with a few contractors who did this:

  1. They assumed the job was done but they didn't clarify.
  2. They had addiction problems and it was hard enough getting out of bed in the morning.
  3. They got bored and found something more interesting. Reliability was not part of his value system.
  4. They had a real emergency situation.

Other than number 2, they could have done something to indicate that they weren't going to show up. People really have very different value systems and I suspect that some are not taught or have no one to model what is to me a simple business etiquette. I do not condone this behavior, but I know it happens.

I can imagine two reasons: * A person who probably didn't show up didn't want to deal with the confrontation. I know some people who prefer to simply do nothing than confront their problems. It's sad, but that's the way some people are. The desire not to confront could be exacerbated by the particular individual they would have to confront, who could actually be a terrible boss.
* The consequences of quitting for not showing up had a less negative impact than formally quitting. Since this was a calculation ...

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Ah! There are many reasons for this.

  1. Arguments with managers and give up fighting more with them.
  2. A really good relationship with colleagues and leads and not wanting to face them one last time.
  3. To avoid certain questions of why you are going to change jobs.
  4. Any extreme workplace incident that causes the person to feel insulted or something like that.
    • It's not a good idea to stop showing up instead of formally resigning, but in the end a lack of options makes people do it.
    • I had a partner who did the same, but now she is very happy and satisfied with her new job.
    • At the end of the day, I
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Ah! There are many reasons for this.

  1. Arguments with managers and give up fighting more with them.
  2. A really good relationship with colleagues and leads and not wanting to face them one last time.
  3. To avoid certain questions of why you are going to change jobs.
  4. Any extreme workplace incident that causes the person to feel insulted or something like that.
    • It's not a good idea to stop showing up instead of formally resigning, but in the end a lack of options makes people do it.
    • I had a partner who did the same, but now she is very happy and satisfied with her new job.
    • At the end of the day, your satisfaction is important.
    • I hope this helps.
    • Thanks and regards.

In my experience, being someone who has had employees do this and also having done it myself, this is the worst way to quit smoking.

It seems that the person who stops smoking is not good or does not fear confrontation. Often the reason is that the employee is aware that they have made a mistake and is likely to be fired. Less often, but not uncommon, the employee has been doing something illegal and is trying to avoid legal ramifications.

I'm sure there are many other reasons for this, but shame or fear are two very strong incentives to disappear.

Why do people just stop showing up for work instead of formally quitting?

From what I can tell, there are only two reasons:

  • Lazy. It's easier to just do nothing, even formally show up or resign.
  • Cowardice. If you notify someone that you are resigning, that communication could reasonably invite a response. In person, it's hard to avoid, which is why some people lack the stomach / maturity to have awkward conversations.

I guess they don't want to deal with people who get mad at them, for quitting from the start.

Either that or they have no manners and got a better job. So instead of quitting, they just don't care and stop showing up.

No sense of moral obligation or respect for the Golden Rule. As a matter of courtesy, at least notify them.

Have you ever been treated so badly at work that you left without warning and never came back? What were the circumstances that caused you to leave? Did someone say anything after he left?

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The one time I quit a job it had a backlog that took almost 24 hours. I worked directly as a franchise clerk for Applebee's and Village Inn, so I filled shifts at any restaurant in either chain that was understaffed on any given day.

For the most part, it worked fine as I was able to work gr

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Have you ever been treated so badly at work that you left without warning and never came back? What were the circumstances that caused you to leave? Did someone say anything after he left?

(Warning! Long story ahead. Please scroll further if you are not interested in reading my conflict story)

The one time I quit a job it had a backlog that took almost 24 hours. I worked directly as a franchise clerk for Applebee's and Village Inn, so I filled shifts at any restaurant in either chain that was understaffed on any given day.

For the most part, it worked well as I could grill one day, exhibit the next, prepare or wash dishes on another, and even take tours as a host or server. A job like that allowed for a bit of flexibility for the day, as I was able to choose many of the shifts and locations that I worked ... useful for accommodating doctor appointments, but still allowing full-time hours, though Because some positions had different pay scales, paychecks could be a bit variable (although when I was working as a waiter or serving, I also tipped for the day). Most weekday shifts were only 4-6 hours, allowing for 2 consecutive shifts a day, sometimes at the same restaurant, sometimes at different ones.

Anyway, on a Friday in October I worked an opening shift at a Village Inn that lasted 6 hours, and had a night shift at a nearby one (two blocks away and the schedule had me starting 90 minutes after leaving VI ) Applebee's where it was supposed to be. work at 8pm as it was also scheduled to open that same place on Saturday morning. He was also supposed to work a 6-hour night shift at another Applebee's that Saturday night, and then return to the Village Inn on Sunday morning on an 8-hour shift.

The Village Inn shift was uneventful, and when I showed up at Applebee's a few minutes later, they asked me to check in early as someone didn't show up and they needed extra help during the first rush hours. No problem as it was still scheduled to leave at 8pm ... or so I thought.

There were two more absences that Friday night, and my shift was first extended at 10 p.m. M., Then at 1 a. M., And then they told me it was closing ... so I didn't leave the restaurant until 4 a.m. M. After cleaning the kitchen ... and still had to come and work a 7-11am shift, and had a closed 8pm shift at the other Applebee's on Saturday night. It was a difficult night working 11 hours straight, but the manager 'promised' that he would be out of work on time the next morning.

When I got back to work three hours later (just long enough to drive home, take a shower, change clothes, eat a quick bite, and drive back), I found the kitchen working with a short man, so I wasn't just running everything. grill area prep but I had to handle flat top prep too ... which meant no time for a break. Nothing new, as he was used to seeing no breaks on four-hour shifts, and was scheduled to leave at 11 a.m. M. Right when they opened.

Yeah right.

Shortly after 10 am the day manager (a different person than the one who 'promised' me to be out on time the day before when he left me six more hours the night before) tells me that I must stay until his noon cook arrives, since they just called the grill. So here I am running both grill and flattop during the Saturday lunch rush (normal staffing required two on the grill, one on flattop, one on salads and desserts, and one or two on prep ... we had a manager trying to prepare and expo, while another cook handled the salads and the rest of the preparation).

For reasons unknown to me, neither the 12pm grill nor the flat-top cooks showed up, leaving me there until they waited for the night shift crew to start arriving at 4pm. I told the manager that I still had a shift to work elsewhere on the other side of town starting at 8pm, and I hadn't rested since the morning before due to being put to work early and forced to stay until closing the night before ... and had already been there since 7am without a break. The manager said the day before was none of his business, that he needed me until 4:00 pm and would clear it up to allow me to be late to the other location.

Promises promises.

They arrive at 4:00 p.m. And I still have no relief on either the grill or the hob, at 5:00 pm. M., Then at 6:00 p.m. M., Then at 7:00 p.m. M. is supposed to have an exposure of 12 minutes or less, but it is quite impossible to do when there are not enough staff). Finally, at a quarter to 8, the 6 p.m. grill finally arrives, drunk. I mean, this guy smelled like he showered in Budweiser and Jack Daniels before going to work, stumbling, slurring, a complete mess. The manager sent him to the office and I expected the man to be fired. But NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, come in and start to take over the flat surface. At least for the moment we had a break in the dinner crowd.

By now it was a little past 8pm, and I finally convinced the manager to reluctantly let me take a 20 minute break to finally be able to eat and smoke (yes, you read that correctly ... I had been working 13 hours without a break, food, nicotine, nothing ... and I was STILL supposed to go to work at the other restaurant !!! The manager told me I had permission to be absent from that shift as he needed me at your location.

Ok, well that problem is solved ... right? Say ah.

While I was having lunch, the manager came over and told me that I had to stay until 11pm, but that I would have double the time for the day due to the long hours and that I had to stay well beyond my shift. Well, at least there was some compensation for the BS.

Anyway, I finished dinner and went out for a cigarette before having to go back to the grill. While I was halfway to my cigarette, the flat-top drunk goes out to the loading dock and lights a joint (no one is on the grill or on the floor right now as no one else showed up for work, the guy The salad wasn't there. '' He wasn't grill-trained, so he couldn't work, and both kitchen managers were on the dock themselves). He was already angry that he had to work so long non-stop, and that the manager had a drunk punk watch. But when I saw the managers and the drunk share that joint, I just lost it. I couldn't take it anymore.

I put out my cigarette, went back inside, grabbed my coat, got out, and went home. I should have at least gone to the other Applebee's, but at this point I was too tired and wasn't even sure I could drive home safely. I took the manager at his word that the other location was duly notified, and that I would show up for my shift at the Village Inn on Sunday morning ... and take care of leaving the shift at Applebee's "early" later.

To this day, I still don't know how I got home safely, or how I was able to wake up and get to work at VI on time.

However, when I entered VI, I was greeted by one of the vice presidents of the franchise and told not to bother signing. When I asked him why, he told me that I was fired for leaving work at one Applebee's the day before and did not show up at the other Applebee's the night before. When I tried to explain what had happened, he acted like he didn't believe me. This was despite having reliably worked for them for nearly three years in a row, covering multiple shifts and positions at each of their seven Applebee's and nine Village Inns (as well as a couple of other smaller individual concepts they ran) with no complaints. no problems. The managers I 'dropped out of' insisted that I had left Applebee's long before the scheduled end time of 11am. M.,

The worst part of it all was that when I got my paycheck for the week, it was just showing my scheduled hours at Applebee's for Friday night ... they somehow rigged the clock to show I was out at 8pm, and because 'I walked out of work on Saturday (supposedly before 11am) I was denied payment that day.

So they took 21 hours off me for which they refused to pay me, and I had no way of showing that I was working that time. I was also discharged into the local restaurant industry, making it impossible for me to find a job as a cook again.

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