Is it OK to quit a new job for a better offer that comes shortly after?
I imagine there’s a very clear line drawn in the sand between those that don’t see a problem with it and those that are completely opposed. Before you take the latter’s side, let’s think about the current job market. Today, new job posts can bring in hundreds of qualified applicants. And let’s say each applicant has also applied to hundreds of other positions. The hiring process can sometimes take months, so how can applicants not be expected to jump on an opportunity, even though they may have other applications out in the ether?
I suppose I can see it from both sides. As the employer who’s just taken a chance on a new recruit, I’m expecting this person to fulfill the commitment they signed on for. After all, it took countless hours and manpower dollars to weed through all the applications, interview prospective candidates and hire someone. The least an employer should expect is not to have to start the process over again and further put off the work their new employee promised they would be there to do.
On the other hand, let’s say the employee’s dream job comes calling, or a new gig offers more hours, more pay and benefits. Should an employee be criticized for wanting a better life? At the end of the day, many managers show loyalty to the company over their employees, so why should the little guy have to show the same devotion? Especially in today’s economy, we have to look out for our own best interest, and sometimes–especially when a person has others to support–moving on to something better is less about loyalty and more about survival.
If you’re contemplating leaving a job you just accepted, do what’s best for you in the long run. I wouldn’t recommend making a habit of it, but in some cases, like a dream job or better perks, what’s right for you may mean burning a bridge. If you must leave, do so graciously and tell your former employer that you understand the inconvenience you’re putting them through. Some say it’s unethical, and a bad reference could come back to haunt you. But seriously, who can fault you for trying to support yourself or your family.
What do you think? Is it acceptable in certain situations, and if so then when?