Quitting your job is rarely an easy task. Timing, communication, and professional courtesy are all very important. In addition, quitting can affect your ability to find a new job. For these reasons it is important to determine when it is a professional time to quit. While it is often frowned upon to quit on the first day, there are situations that can make quitting on the first day acceptable.
The most important thing to do when you find yourself tempted to quit on the first day is to ask yourself why you feel this way.
Are you frustrated?
The first day (or week, or month) at work can be stressful, but the job should become more manageable as time passes. Did you interact with a rude customer? Are you unfamiliar with a certain software program? Do you feel that the expectations of you are unfair? I don’t mean to be blunt, but more times than not you need to get over it. Be proactive. Ask your manager and coworkers for guidance. Understand that there is a learning curve and you cannot master or fairly assess your new position in just one day. If a few months pass and there is not improvement in the situation, then you can consider to applying to other jobs.
Now, when is okay for you to quit on day one?
A prime example is when the job interferes with your values. It’s not unheard of for companies misrepresent a position or to conceal certain information until the job offer paperwork is complete. It is only after being hired that discrepancies are apparent. For example, if a job requires you to place a hidden charge on all accounts you process or sign people up for a service after being told “no,” you might consider resigning immediately on moral grounds. Because your job mandates that you do these things on a regular basis, it is only a matter of time before your discomfort takes a significant toll on your wellbeing. Moreover, staying in this position could hinder future job searches if the employer has a bad reputation in the industry.
In the scenario above, you can always talk to your employer about changing the questionable practices. Just know that you, as a new hire, are not going to have much leverage to convince them to do so.
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