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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