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    Default Should i quit before or after maternity leave?

    Hi,

    So I am having a bit of a dilemma in relation to work. Originally I had decided to go on maternity leave for 10 months, but now I have changed my mind and want to quit altogether. I hate my current job and the travel, but my employer has always been fairly decent to me. Knowing that there is no way I'll go back, do I quit before leave or lie and pretend I am going back when I'm not?

    Also if I do quit now, should I wait and tell them closer to my finish date (31st Aug) or tell them now? (I have already put in a maternity leave request) Can they fire me now if I do quit?

    Thanks for your advice in advance!

    ***Oh and I do plan on getting a part time job in the new year - just not with them - so I'm not sure whether to tell them I want to be a stay at home mum or just be honest for my reasons of leaving, when I will be wanting a reference from them!***
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    I think you should be fair and quit rather than string them along and have them think you'll be coming back.

    Tell them maybe 4 weeks before you want to finish up so they have a chance to hire a replacement.

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    Personally I would just go on mat leave and resign later. If you still chose to. You might change your mind and your not gaining much by resigning early. Also you may not be entitled to the paid mat leave (you would get baby bonus instead). So keep your finances in mind with whatever decision you make.

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    Absolutely don't resign...things change and you want to leave yourself with options. Mat leave provisions are there for a reason - use them. I work in HR and see so many people who resign and then really regret it.

    You are losing nothing by keeping your job - and as great as your boss is, you need to take care of yourself first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squishy115 View Post
    Absolutely don't resign...things change and you want to leave yourself with options. Mat leave provisions are there for a reason - use them. I work in HR and see so many people who resign and then really regret it.

    You are losing nothing by keeping your job - and as great as your boss is, you need to take care of yourself first.
    This.

    I waited till the absolute last minute to resign from my job. A lot can happen whilst you're on mat leave. Don't burn any bridges until you have to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squishy115 View Post
    Absolutely don't resign...things change and you want to leave yourself with options. Mat leave provisions are there for a reason - use them. I work in HR and see so many people who resign and then really regret it.

    You are losing nothing by keeping your job - and as great as your boss is, you need to take care of yourself first.
    ^^ this. I also work in HR and agree entirely. It also looks better on your CV as you are employed for a longer period of time, even though you are not actually working.

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    I am on maternity leave & have no intention of going back but I left my job open for me in case things change. What if I can't get another job? What if I REALLY need the money and there's nothing available? There was just too many what if's for me so I kept my options open. HTH


 

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