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21 Ways To Not Quit A Job

I quit

Do you remember Steven Slater?

I didn’t think so.

He was the JetBlue flight attendant who in 2010 melted down at the end of a flight and quit in a rather theatrical way. A quick post from back then:

Now you remember him, right?

I just did a quick, simple Google search for him and I can’t find anything about him after his cyber celebrity status ended and he was sentenced to probation.

I hope he’s well. I really do. I hope he found a career path and is happy.

I do wonder if doing what he did was worth it to him.

Going out in a blaze of glory almost always feels good.

For the short run.

Then 18 months or 3 years later when you are interviewing for a new job or consulting gig and in the room is a former boss or coworker…

And you get that sinking feeling in your gut and you think, “uh oh”.

How you quit matters.

And if you live in a really large small town like Minneapolis feels much of the time… it matters more.

Yeah I sound all serious and uptight… I had to get that message out of my head. I know some folks thinking about this right now and my advice to them is to cool down a bit.

Let me lighten it up a bit.

OfficeTeam has a survey The Worst Ways To Quit A Job including this stat:

86% of HR managers interviewed said the way employees quit a job at least somewhat affects their future career opportunities.

I expected the number to be higher.

Here are 21 ways folks did quit their jobs… seriously, DO NOT do these (from the survey):

Managers also were asked to recount the most unusual way they have heard someone quit a job. Following are some examples:

  • "An employee baked a cake with her resignation letter written on top."
  • "A marching band accompanied one guy in his announcement."
  • "The worker threw a brick through the window with the words 'I quit' written on it."
  • "An employee left a sticky note explaining he was quitting."
  • "The individual sent an email blast to all staff."
  • "A worker threw a cup of coffee and walked out."
  • "One employee bragged to his colleagues that it was his last day, but failed to let the HR manager or his boss know."

Some workers went high-tech with their resignations:

  • "One woman created a music video to explain she was leaving."
  • "A worker sent his boss a text message."
  • "One person quit via Facebook."
  • "The employee submitted a message through the company website."
  • "Someone resigned on a video conference call."

A few employees had someone else do their dirty work:

  • "One person made his wife call to say he was not coming back."
  • "The worker sent a text to his colleague and asked her to forward it to management."
  • "An employee's parents let the company know their son was resigning."

Others did a disappearing act:

  • "A person went to the bathroom and didn't return."
  • "One worker packed up her belongings and walked out without a word."
  • "Someone left for lunch and never came back."
  • "A worker stormed out in the middle of a meeting without explanation."
  • "The employee said she was stepping out to buy new boots, but was never seen again."

And one worker took a more direct approach:

  • "He just stood up and said, 'I quit.'"

Note… that last one may not be so bad as long as it does not include a foot stomping, curse word filled tirade while walking out the door.


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