Reasons Why You Should Always Give Notice Before Quitting Your Physician Job

In any professional career, there are times when you may not feel satisfied with the current work you have and consider moving on to other opportunities. However, in most employment contracts — including a physician employment agreement — you must give at least two weeks’ notice before quitting. You may think that there’s no real consequence to you or the medical office if you decide to leave on that very day, but in reality, you are under a legal obligation to give your employer a heads up. In this article we’ll talk about what can happen if you don’t give your employer notice before quitting:

You may be responsible for the practice’s monetary losses 

If you were taking care of a patient before you quit, the office would have to replace your requirements with someone else. This can cause financial damage to the medical office. There are usually clauses in the contract about how this sort of financial loss is compensated. Most of the time, if any damage is to arise from the physician’s failure to notify the employer of their resignment, they may be responsible for those damages. This can be added on top of the additional legal fees and documentation, which can end up costing twice your salary. 

You may hurt your credentials 

When you quit without notice, it indicates a level of unprofessionalism, which will hurt your credentials in the long-run. It can have a detrimental effect on you when you’re applying for a new job, as you may not be able to put your last workplace in the resume. When the new employer reference checks your old medical office, they may get a bad review from your former employer. This can hurt your chances of negotiating for a higher salary or even getting the job in the first place. 

As a medical professional, it’s imperative that you always present yourself professionally and with standards, as that will have an effect on your future employability and credibility. 

You will be unable to claim unpaid bonuses 

f you have any bonuses left unpaid or any unused vacation days that you could get compensated for, you won’t be able to claim it if you quit without notice. The employer may claim that you did not abide by the contract; therefore, the bonuses you are owed will then become voided. If this is the case, you will have to work with an attorney to review the contracts and cross-reference it with the employment laws. Often times, you will be able to file to claim for these withheld payments, but it may require a legal battle. You should keep in mind that if you breach the physician’s employment contract, your chances of actually getting the amount due are very slim. 

What we recommend you do

It’s imperative that you always give your employer notice before quitting; the longer, the better. This will give them time to prepare for your departure, as they will have the chance to adapt the work process to ensure that everything runs smoothly. If you leave without any notice, not only will you be exposing yourself to a hefty lawsuit, but you will be causing a detrimental effect on both the medical office and the other employees. What’s worse is that it will be on your permanent record in which all of your future employers will be able to see.  

Having such a stain in your records will make push your progress back for several years, as your employers may see you as a risky investment. This may prevent them from wanting to hire you for a significant position in the organization. The aftermath of this action may be of a much greater detriment to your future than any monetary loss. 

If you’re looking for a law office that specializes in physician employment contracts, Romano Sky Law is your best option. Get in touch with us today to see how we can help.