5 Things to Know about Quitting Your Job During the Pandemic

Monzerrath Ortiz
It's one thing not to like your job. That's been happening to everyone for years. 

But suddenly, we're scared to go to work because of catching COVID-19.

While many industries have made adjustments to minimize health risks, there is no guarantee that employees will not get the virus. 

Yet, even when the physical risk is seemingly minimal, the mental and emotional impact of the pandemic can make work even more strenuous. Therefore, many people are considering quitting their jobs. 

If you are considering quitting, here are some tips on how to prepare: 

1. Talk to your boss first

Before quitting, you should talk to your boss and see if you can request accommodations. 

You might be surprised to find that many employers are willing to make adjustments for employees facing difficult circumstances. 

Also, if your job can be done from home, it is worth it to discuss working remotely with your boss. 

Submitting a work-from-home request to your employers is an appropriate formality to follow in this situation. 
Expressing your concerns and the substantive benefits of working remotely - such as greater productivity and quality of work - may very well serve to your advantage. 

For essential workers this may be more tricky, as many essential jobs require physical presence at the workplace. 

In this case, requesting accommodations is a different process, and will ultimately depend on your employer. 

2. Plan ahead 

If you can plan ahead you should; this can significantly shape your experience after leaving your job. 

If your resignation is urgent, finding programs that assist with mortgage payments, basic utilities, and food may help alleviate any financial uncertainties. 

If you have health insurance through your job, visit a doctor before resigning. Read our article about figuring out if COBRA insurance is something you'll need. 

3. Assess your finances 

For many, this is a key part of determining whether they should quit their job. After all, their livelihood may depend on it. 
Planning your expenses for the time you expect to be unemployed is highly important, especially if your job is your only source of income. 

Organizing a budget is one way to ease the burden of unemployment and help ensure you are prepared to leave work.  There are hundreds of online budgeting tools, including Mint.

Consider opening a savings account that's NOT at the same bank as your checking account. Any money you transfer from an online savings account will take a few days to reach your checking account. This may help you think twice before using savings on things you want, but don't necessarily need

4. Try to find a remote job

Prior to the pandemic, the number of remote job opportunities was steadily increasing, with about 8.1% of workers telecommuting according to the Bureau Labor of Statistics. 

However, COVID-19 has led remote work to skyrocket at unprecedented levels, and now nearly half of employees are working from home to some extent. 

Stanford economist Nicholas Bloom said, “Working from home is not only economically essential, it is a critical weapon in our fight against COVID-19 – and future pandemics.” 

If you are quitting your job because of the risk of being exposed to COVID, working a remote position may be suitable in both the short-term and long-term. 

Buff up your LinkedIn profile, and search for remote work through their jobs database. 
5. Find out if you qualify for unemployment benefits 

According to the Congressional Budget Office, approximately 25 million Americans will be unemployed in July, August, and September of this year. 

One important thing to note: quitting in order to receive unemployment benefits is not a qualifying circumstance to receive unemployment benefits. 

Currently, individuals who decide to quit are likely to not be eligible for extended unemployment benefits, unless they can prove they were facing unnecessary dangers at their workplace. 

Requirements for unemployment vary by state, and many processes include a waiting period. 

The federal $600 weekly unemployment boost currently in place is set to expire on July 31. 

A lawyer can help you plan for ending your job. They're essential when it comes to reading, and negotiating, termination agreements. We can help you find a lawyer for a very affordable price.

This article is intended to convey generally useful information only and does not constitute legal advice. Any opinions expressed are solely those of the author, not LawChamps.

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