Memory Dump

Posted by Bernie Reifkind on September 22, 2011

Caution: Most employers have great memories.  Employers not only remember an employees performance on the job, but how they resign.

The “times -they -are -a -changing” in the employment landscape these days.

Whether it is a phenomenon to the senior living industry or the nature of our times, “walking off” a job” has become endemic to an entitled work force where there is great demand.

Case in point: A client of mine (a 99 bed skilled nursing facility) called me recently to let me know that their Director of Nursing literally walked off her job.  She got up, cleaned her desk, left her keys and went home.  Done.  Finuto.

No notice, no warning, no sign, no respect.

We are told that the skilled nursing industry (nursing homes, convalescent hospitals, etc.) is the second most highly regulated industry in America, second only to the nuclear power industry.

Lives are at stake in the SNF industry.  Mom and Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, friends, relatives- we all know people that have been or are presently residing in some sector of senior living.

How does a Director of Nursing simply walk off a job given that there is so much at stake, not just with residents (directly) but with employers, co-workers, family members, state and federal rules and regulations?  No matter what the cause, can you imagine a Director of Nursing “taking a hike” during lunch and not returning?  Seriously.

Come on.

We’ve all been fed up at some time or another with our job, and we are all blessed with the right to change jobs.  However there is an unwritten code of ethics in which proper notice should be given to an employer when an employee resigns.  Depending upon someones tenure a common 2 week courtesy notice at a minimum is standard operating procedure.


Well obviously it is the right thing to do, period.  But also, walking off a job or not giving proper notice can train wreck a career.

Think about a computer.

When a computer’s hard drive goes bad (heaven forbid) there is a term called memory dump in which all of the memory and data is lost. 

Memory dump doesn’t happen to employers.

When someone’s references are being checked how someone resigns plays a huge role in an employees performance evaluation or reference check.

Employer memory dump? No way.

Employers remember how someone resigns and so do co-workers.  As large an industry as skilled nursing, it is still a small world and one’s name and reputation if tarnished can be branded for good.  Persona non grata.  It’s no different than having a bad credit score.

In summary, if you must resign a job, resign with grace and humility.  Resign in such a way to insure that a proper reference check may be needed in the future.  Thank an employer for having had this opportunity and offer any assistance now or in the future if needed.  Keep all doors open because one never knows how the future will play out.

Thinking of dumping your job? Be memorable for the right reasons.

I am Bernie Reifkind, CEO and founder of Premier Search, Inc.  I can be reached at 1(800) 801-1400 or email at  I welcome your phone call.

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