Most of my friends who are working and planning to quit will know that resigning from a job is much more difficult than even finding one. At least you have nothing on stake and nothing to lose in the latter, i.e. when you are finding a job.
Most companies these days get you to sign a employment bond at the time of joining. Some also do it at a later stage. The employees have no resort than to sign on the dotted line. The bond wordings can differ, but in all cases they will act as obstacles to free mobility in jobs. Some of the typical clauses in a common employment bond are:
- If you leave job, you will have to give a 1/2/3 months notice.
- You cannot join a company that is into a similar line of business. (How ridiculous! One will only join a company that he/she has experience of working in).
- You will have to pay to the company a particular sum if you are leaving the organisation.
If you plan to adhere to the company’s policy, you will keep sticking to the company for as many years until the organisation someday throws you out. No, they may feel like keeping you if you have really licked your boss hard.
Here are the top reasons why it is so difficult to leave a job:
- The companies that you interview at will want you to join office immediately. If you said your notice period was 3 months, they would seldom consider your candidature. (Isn’t that biased on the part of companies. They will not allow their own employees to leave without notice. But they surely lure employees from other companies to break the policy.)
- If you think of quitting by giving a three months notice without a job in hand, is there a guarantee that you will secure one after the notice period expires?
- It’s difficult to leave job even if you plan to leave without adhering to the notice policy. Come let’s see how that can be problematic.
- Your organisation sues you in the court for breaching the employee contract.
- All relations with past employer are broken and soured.
- You are barred from entering into the organisation for once and for ever.
- If you had some money due on the organisation, forget it.
- And the worse thing to happen to any person who’s planning to be in employment forever – if any organisation finds that there is a case running against you for breaching an employment contract, forget that they would give you a job. It’s rational on their part: if you left your last organisation, you may also leave them. So why do they hire you?
So how do you leave without waiting eternally and without paying the huge compensation amount. Here are some interesting ways:
- Go beg the boss for letting you go. There are 50-50 chances that you will be freed of the shackles of employment. A side effect can be that your employer knows of your intention to resign. From this day onwards, he will keep an extra vigil on you.
- Just disappear one fine day. Leave no traces of where you could be found. Do your homework first. Check that you have left no permanent addresses where any court notice could be sent. If you have a phone number, disable it. This is just like when you are escaping the police for murder charges.
- Fight the case valiantly. In india, a majority of the cases are in the favour of employees. Section 27 (excuse me if i am wrong in citing the section) says that people have right to choose their profession.
- Also not all companies pursue breach of employment contract case.
So what method will you go for when quitting job. I would have liked to go for the first one but don’t think that my boss is so soft hearted. Even now he enquires if there was an interview call if I take a day’s leave from office. Please suggest how I quit job.
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