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The Butterfly Effect of Employee Absconding: Unraveling the Ripple Effects


The Butterfly Effect of Employee Absconding: Unraveling the Ripple Effects

The butterfly effect posits the multitude of repercussions and unforeseen outcomes that arise from the sudden departure of an employee from their workplace. It suggests that this decision doesn't just impact the individual's immediate circumstances but initiates a chain reaction affecting their reputation, psychological well-being, relationships with colleagues, and potential future employment opportunities.


Absconding from work entails the unethical and illegal action of abruptly leaving an organization without prior notice or communication. While it presents challenges for both the employee and the employer, it predominantly affects the employee. This scenario is particularly prevalent among newcomers to the corporate world or individuals with a casual demeanor.


Reasons for Absconding at the Employee level:


  • Often absconding happens due to lack of awareness of the consequences that follow the absconding.

  • Next potential employer pressuring for early joining where employee scumming to such pressure.

  • Inability to negotiate with the next employer for a balanced and smooth exit in current employment.

  • Misunderstanding or lack of clarity about job expectations or responsibilities.

  • Unrealistic expectations from the employer regarding work-life balance.

  • Inability to adjust to the corporate environment.

  • Poor self-esteem.

  • Personal relationship issues.

  • Health Issues (Personal/family).

  • Financial issues or poor finance management.

  • Supervisor or Peer Conflicts.

  • Feeling of burnout due to self-caused overstress.

  • Lack of confidence.

  • Adjustment/Accommodation issues in the city.

  • Attitude issues – "my way or the highway" mentality,

  • Other lucrative opportunities.

  • Disagreement with company policies or practices, majorly due to childish ideologies.

  • Legal issues or pending criminal charges.

  • Imbalanced work-life situations often stem from poor time management skills.

  • Emotional disturbance due to lack of family support.

  • Job insecurity – before I get fired let me run.

  • Inability to manage performance pressure and competition among colleagues.

  • Inflexibility – Not ready to come out of shell.


Consequences of workplace absconding on employees


  • Legal action by the employer.

  • Termination of employment.

  • Loss of experience letter for future employment.

  • Loss of proof of knowledge and expertise as it cannot be proved without an employment letter.

  • Tarnishes reputation within the industry causing difficulty in securing the next job.

  • Absconding can lead to blacklisting, hindering future job prospects as employers share the information.

  • Negative Reference Checks.

  • Abrupt job loss causes financial strain.

  • Difficulty explaining the employment gap.

  • Induces mental health strain/psychological toll on employee health due to sudden disruption.

  • Experience Rosy retrospection in the next employment- It’s a psychological phenomenon where an individual perceives the past as better than the present.

  • Strains colleague relationships, hindering networking.

  • Forfeiture of potentially positive references from supervisors or colleagues.

  • Loss of trust and respect in the professional as well as academic community especially among teachers and classmates.


Solutions to avoid thoughts of Absconding


  • Compliant and honor the policies of the existing employer.

  • Do not take opinions from people who are not experts/experienced.

  • Any promise of a smooth exit, made by someone other than your supervisor, who holds decision-making authority, and without HR consultation, is a false commitment. Assurances are not always honored.

  • Avoid heeding advice from colleagues, friends, or family members who suggest absconding without considering the repercussions, as they lack expertise in such matters.

  • Either negotiate your notice period with your current employer or fulfill the entire notice period to avoid any potential consequences.

  • Communication is the key. Engage in open discussions with your supervisor and colleagues regarding workplace issues to explore constructive solutions.

  • Balance your expectations with the employer, do not expect home comfort from the workplace.

  • Act professionally and adhere to the chain of command to prevent any uncomfortable situations.

  • Avoid getting into Chinese whispering, grapevines, and unreasonable hearsay.

  • Set clear achievable goals and stages for your career path in consultation with your supervisor.

  • Maintain a healthy work-life balance by taking short breaks and seeking support wherever stuck.

  • Seek constructive feedback for self-improvement.

  • Engage in activities of personal interest during leisure time.

  • Believe in networking, building relationships with colleagues foster a positive work environment.

  • Be flexible and adaptive.

  • Actively engage yourself in continuous learning and development.

  • Orient your career goals with organizational goals for work satisfaction.


Departing an organization might have a mere 1% impact on it, but the repercussions, constituting the remaining 99%, inevitably circle back to you. Furthermore, organizations are typically equipped to handle such occurrences, rendering the impact negligible. Thus, absconding for an employee is akin to casting a pebble into the sky—it eventually returns to you. Thus maintaining integrity in your ethics and fostering resilience in your willpower can pave the path for long-term success.

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