I accepted a position with my last company because it was just what I was looking for at the time. I was going back into the workforce from a medical leave of absence. It was a position that I was more than qualified for however, it was exactly what I needed to transition back into my field. I worked for the company for close to 4 months and I realized due to bad management, no communication, lack of respect for me, my time I realized where I wanted to go and where the company was going no longer aligned. I knew it was time for me to move on. So I quit. I gave my notice but it was effective immediately. At first, I felt relieved. Then self-doubt kicked in. So I gave myself a couple of days to regroup, then I started working on updating my resume. Within the week I received 3 job interviews. The most recent job interview - I applied for before I voluntarily quit my job and I struggled with whether or not I should be honest about my situation through the interview process. Instead, the manager was sympathetic and understanding and seemed to genuinely believed I deserved the chance. And now, I have a second interview lined up with this huge global company that I really hope to be a part of.
The big lesson I learned here was having survived a disastrous job taught me a lot and made me much savvier when I started looking for my next role. I'm not afraid to ask tough, straightforward questions about opportunities I'm considering and I know how to spot red flags and warning signs. I am now quicker to admit when something isn't working and more willing to address issues head-on and ask for what I want or walk away if I don't believe things will improve. ( Which is exactly what I did)
That isn' to say that I jump ship as soon as I hit a bump in the road, but I'm now able to distinguish between a TOUGH JOB and an UNHEALTHY WORK environment.
My advice if you ever find yourself in my shoes - In which you feel you need to walk away abruptly, whether to leave a toxic job, accept a new job offer or deal with a personal emergency - I recommend giving 2 weeks notice if possible, BUT if you have to quit right then and there - do your best to keep it professional and make it a point to recognize that this isn't an ideal situation and apologize for the inconvenience.
I have learned that chances are we're going to come across less than ideal circumstances at least once or twice in our careers. Do your best to avoid toxic work environment by doing your research. Then you can be honest with yourself when you find you're in a bad situation and be proactive by figuring out how to get out of it.
I know someday I'll look back at this and be thankful for the experience or at least grateful that I got the heck out of there.