Quitting time…

Well, it was bound to happen sooner rather than later.  Marry the fact that jobs are becoming more available, with the fact that employees are disengaged in their current jobs more than ever before (according to the Conference Board), with accessible social media and what do you get?

Public resignation letters.

What happened to a simple “I quit” and leaving it at that?  It looks like people have grown tired of putting up with whatever they’re putting up with and are making their grievances public.  Ignoring the Steven Slater story (because that’s turned out to be more of a Balloon Boy-type of publicity stunt than anything), check out  this and this example of bridge-burning at its most public.

Some of you may have just become inspired by those honest declarations.  How cathartic would it be to tell your boss to take this job and shove it?  But before you make a video, write a song or send nasty email, instead I hope you’ve become inspired to do the scary thing and move on to a better gig.  Like you should.

But don’t get inspired to slash and burn your employer anytime soon.  Sure, you may have been treated poorly but getting even or bitter will just give you wrinkles.  Take the time to respect yourself, not to disrespect others (even if they do deserve it).


Helen Luketic is the manager of HR metrics & research at BC Human Resources Management Association.  Besides editing this blog, researching and running the HR Metrics Service, upon discovering her walkman, she ponders what will replace the ipod.

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2 Responses

  1. What happened to professionalism and acting like an adult? I’ve had some pretty awful positions in my life, and I’ve always written a letter of resignation and given notice. It just seems that people are more and more self-centered and childish.

  2. One of the advantages of social media – that individual people have a voice – is also one of its downfalls, I guess.

    I have to say that I was kind of appalled at how much press and attention that flight attendent, Steven, got. Not only were his actions childish, they were unsafe. Not sure what kind of hero that makes him.

    Interesting links, Helen. thank you for sharing.

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