Resigning With Immediate Effect Because Of Stress (A Comprehensive Guide)

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This article will take a look at the reasons why someone may become so stressed out that they are willing to resign immediately. Also, the implications of resigning immediately will be discussed and what an employee can do to avoid the consequences. Furthermore, the article will comment briefly on stress.

Resigning With Immediate Effect Because Of Stress – Is It Possible?

Resigning with immediate effect due to stress is possible however in some cases an employee may face strict action after doing so! This is because they may be withheld from doing so as a result of their contract. 

Nowadays, most contracts contain a ‘notice period’ that requires an employee to apprise their employer a certain number of days before they want to leave a job. This can be because of a number of reasons.

Firstly, the job that is being vacated may have a lot of significance hence if it is left unfilled for a period of time this will affect the overall business of the company – hence, at no cost can the employer allow this job post to remain unfilled because it will cause the company to lose much business. This is why an employee may be prevented from resigning immediately.

Another reason why a notice period exists is because the employee may be required by the company to train the replacement or new employee. This is because the company may be a small one and they have few resources – time and staff – to give new training; thus the company ensures that existing employees train new ones. This is done as soon as the notice period of the employee starts and ends at the last date of the notice period. 

Thirdly, a notice period may be mandatory because the employee may have to finish tasks that only they can finish. Handling sensitive matters such as big clients who don’t like too many new faces or finishing a certain procedure like a ‘code’ in software programming requires the same person to complete the job. For this very reason, the employer may demand a notice period so they can ensure the task is completed before the employee leaves.

What Options Does An Employee Have?

There are a few options that an employee could resort to in case they have to leave a job because of the stress they are experiencing which may significantly affect their mental and physical health!

Here are the options that they have:

  • Convince Your Employer
  • Have Your Workload Reduce
  • Report Workplace Issues – Get Legal Protection
  • Don’t Leave Before The Notice Period Ends

Let us take a look at these one by one!

Convince Your Employer

If you have a nice boss who has some element of empathy in him then you might be allowed to leave your job early without fulfilling the notice period! Although notice periods and so many more things go into the contract – they are not always there to make your life tough but to ensure things can be handled in a professional, mature and appropriate manner if something does go wrong. If an employee has been harassing someone then the contract will be referred to which will point towards company policy – this is how things are dealt with without being blamed for biasness or personal interests.

Thus, talking to your employer and pouring your heart out could actually work and should be your first step. Afterall, you have worked there for quite some time and this is the least they could do!

Have Your Workload Reduce

If nothing else works then you could sit down with your boss and ask her to reduce your workload because you will not be able to manage all of it because of the stress you are going through! This is because both of you understand that the work at hand cannot be left alone and no one is available to fill in the post and get the work done. So meeting a middle ground will be a great idea where your boss can ensure the workload is reduced on you somehow and you can give some time to your job.

Report Workplace Issues – Get Legal Protection

If the stress is too much and your workplace is not cooperating – and your workplace is playing a big role in the stress you are experiencing then you can ask for legal protection. You never know what is going behind the scenes and sometimes our reach is not as much as we need it to be to see the true picture. Thus, if you are experiencing workplace harassment, abuse or even threats then you can opt for legal protection especially if your employer is threatening to take action if you resign immediately.

Don’t Leave Before The Notice Period Ends

If you know you work for a horrible boss that does not cooperate at all and will chase you to your grave if you wrong him just once – then trust us – do not leave before your notice period ends!

Professional Setting Problems

Here are some reasons why you may be stressed out and may need to resign immediately!

What Does Humiliation Look Like – A Toxic Workplace

Humiliation is the shame and embarrassment you feel when someone makes you appear wrong, stupid or less in some way or ther other. It is a negative experience where you experience many feelings due to what the other person does or says.

Humiliation at the workplace is frequent; it can be experienced when someone pushes you so that your coffee spills, you might be made to look stupid because your work was not up to the ‘mark’ or your embarrassing story from last year may be retold repeatedly. It can also involve your boss screaming or shouting at you for a little mistake that did not deserve such apprehension. There are many forms of humiliation but it can be driven by various motives.

Someone may want to humiliate you because they have something in it for them. Your boss may actually want you out of the job so that someone can replace you. He may even feel insecure because of you and your accomplishments and may make you want to look stupid or feel miserabke in an attempt to make you leave the company. There could be other reasons. He may not like you and that is one reason enough for many people to embarrass or humiliate others. 

Nonetheless, even if someone faces such experiences at work they need to remain calm and understand the situation. Every situation has different factors and motives involved and one should act accordingly. 

How To Identify A Toxic Coworker?

Dealing with toxic coworkers is a draining experience that leaves you feeling exhausted and mentally incapable of doing any productive work. They will use smart tactics to keep the blame off themselves and actually revel in the misery other coworkers face sometimes with the ‘I told you so’ attitude. What exactly is the purpose of a toxic coworker is an entirely different debate – however we do know that they want to show others that they are always right and will do anything to prove their innocence or challenge the assumptions or attacks made on them.

According to most definitions, a toxic coworker is someone who engages in harmful behavior that causes damage to a company’s employees and property. This damage is not restricted to these two but can also affect customer’s satisfaction or happiness, sales and profits as well as the reputation of the business. 

These individuals may resort to such tactics because they actually want to squeeze you out of work! They will create such a toxic workplace that you have no choice but to leave your job!

Nonetheless, here are 3 ways you can identify a toxic coworker:

  • Play The Victim – Avoid Blame
  • The Talk of the Town – Gossip
  • Passive Aggressive Comments

These are some of the reasons why a person may be pushed to take a leave of absence. Toxic coworkers and a boss that humiliates you can be a good reason to step out for a while! Thus people often take a leave of absence due to the stress they experience from the workplace in the form of a shouting boss and a group of jealous coworkers.


Let us take a look at the symptoms of stress!

According to WebMD, the following symptoms reflect stress:

Emotional symptoms of stress include:

  • Becoming easily agitated, frustrated, and moody
  • Feeling overwhelmed, like you are losing control or need to take control
  • Having difficulty relaxing and quieting your mind
  • Feeling bad about yourself (low self-esteem), lonely, worthless, and depressed
  • Avoiding others

Physical symptoms of stress include:

  • Low energy
  • Headaches
  • Upset stomach, including diarrhea, constipation, and nausea
  • Aches, pains, and tense muscles
  • Chest pain and rapid heartbeat
  • Insomnia
  • Frequent colds and infections
  • Loss of sexual desire and/or ability
  • Nervousness and shaking, ringing in the ear, cold or sweaty hands and feet
  • Dry mouth and difficulty swallowing
  • Clenched jaw and grinding teeth

Cognitive symptoms of stress include:

  • Constant worrying
  • Racing thoughts
  • Forgetfulness and disorganization
  • Inability to focus
  • Poor judgment
  • Being pessimistic or seeing only the negative side

Behavioral symptoms of stress include:

  • Changes in appetite — either not eating or eating too much
  • Procrastinating and avoiding responsibilities
  • Increased use of alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes
  • Exhibiting more nervous behaviors, such as nail biting, fidgeting, and pacing


This article took a look at what will happen if you resign immediately from your job because of stress and what would be the implications as well as how you can avoid those implications or consequences. Also, the article explained why you may be under stress and how you can identify the symptoms of stress.



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