Quitting Your Job? Try Something Unique and Outrageous
By paulag01 on July 25, 2010
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Are you thinking of leaving your job? There's the traditional, formal resignation with two week's notice. How oh-so-boring, right? If the name of the game these days is innovation, then innovate and go out with a bang that is uniquely you, particularly outrageous or just plain fun.
Who among the employee ranks hasn't dreamed at some time in their life about just blaring the Johnny Paycheck hit "Take this Job and Shove It" in their boss' office with a post-it note that says "See ya!... NOT"?
Of course, quitting in a flamboyant manner can backfire in ways you never imagined and linger longer than the tune "It's a Small World" when it gets stuck in your head. So, while I can't advise 101 crazy ways to quit your job, it sure is fun to think outside the box a little and share some fun stories from across the web.
During my annual review, my boss commented that I was the "limit of the norm" that the company accepted as employee material and threatened to let me go if I didn't change my look. Believe me, I could see the writing on the wall -- and I had no intention of changing my "stylish" look -- so I politely picked up my review paper and left his office, and began to plan my revenge. Just a few months later I was able to serve it up COLD, which is always the best way!
At the company party I marched right up to his wife and told her all the gory details of his latest fling with another woman, and told her that I was quitting because I couldn't stand his cheating ways. I then broke out into the song 'Your Cheatin' Heart,' belting it out as loud as I could. And as I finished a verse of that telling tune, I plastered a big smile on my face and sauntered out of the party pretty as you please.
I like this story from "How to Quit Your Job and Not Look Like a Jerk, Part 1":
In one case, I had a stand up knock down fight with my boss who was over 80 years old and I told him in front of the whole factory floor that he was one of the biggest jerks I had ever met and that he can stick his job where the sun doesn’t shine. Granted, I was only 18 at the time and he did suffer a mild stroke after that and my mother who worked there too wasn’t treated too well for awhile after all that. It was an emotional reaction but I didn’t think things through before I went on that verbal rampage and quit my job.
In this new world of communication, 20% of teens felt that texting their boss to quit their job was fine. So if 20% think it is OK, does it still make it outrageous? (In my mind it does, but I left the teen years behind long, long ago.)
While it sounds thrilling to tell them the real reason you are leaving, it is not as easy a decision as it might seem in a fit of frustration. It can be done tactfully though. Elana Cantor shares this story from a friend of hers:
And so,in addition to writing the words, "Please accept this letter as my formal notice that I am resigning from ABC company. July 10, 2009 will be the last day of my employment," my friend included her real reason for resigning -- that after multiple conversations and proposals for reconfiguring her job and responsibilities, she and her manager had not been able to negotiate an acceptable solution. My friend also shared that she would love to return to the organization in the future.
A risky move? Not if the office scuttlebutt is right and the manager is on thin ice with upper management.
Whether you opt to call it quitting my job, handing in my resignation, blowing that pop stand, or telling your boss to take this job and shove it, there is something deliciously thrilling for many of us in dreaming, plotting, and finally writing out the words in our resignation letter.It is as close as anything I have ever experienced that embodies the very essence of what freedom means.
I have to say that writing and handing in a resignation letters were some of the most thrilling moments in my professional career. While I always left on good terms, it felt amazingly freeing to take the step I had thought about in my head for so long toward something new. It is like a free-fall between the past you're leaving behind and the possibilities before you... exhilarating.
Burning bridges does not have to be all bad. In "Burn Your Bridges" Patrick Wanis has this to say:
Burning your bridges or boats simply means that you remove those options that you don’t really want and you open the doors to what you truly want.
It certainly leads to commitment, because if you can't go back, your only choice is to move forward. Burning bridges as full commitment can work, but know that if you disrespect others in the process, it can have a negative impact on the new things you do want to create. In today's connected age, we're probably even closer than six degrees of separation.
Of course, if you want to keep your integrity and future intact, or just plain don't have the gumption to be that outrageous, consider some of these ways to quit with grace, power and bridges intact. You can always save the fantasy stories for your friends over a round of drinks, and still have fun without having your career go up in flames.
- How to Quit Your Job Gracefully
- Resigning from your Job: The Joy, The Stress, The Lessons Learned
- How Not to Leave Your Employer: Lessons from LeBron
Paula Gregorowicz, owner of The Paula G. Company, offers life and career coaching for women to help you boost your confidence and break through your limitations so you can re-ignite freedom and a sense of adventure in your life. Learn more about The Life Alchemy Success Formula™ and Get the free eCourse "5 Steps to Move from Fear to Freedom & Experience Greater Confidence" at her website.
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