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Move over, bizarre interview behaviours. It’s time for an edition of the most bizarre ways in which employees have said: “I quit.”
A new report by OfficeTeam brought new meaning to the term “quit while you’re ahead,” with respondents sharing the most unusual employee exits that they have witnessed.
Some employees left in a dramatic fashion, for example:
– Writing ‘I quit’ on a brick and throwing it through the window.
– Getting a marching band to accompany the announcement.
– Baking a cake with their resignation letter written on top.
– Sending an email blast to everyone in the company.
– Bragging to everyone that it was their last day, but failing to inform their boss or HR manager.
– Throwing a cup of coffee and walking out of the job.
– Resigning via sticky note.
The disappearing act was particularly popular:
– An employee went to the bathroom and never came back.
– One packed up and left without saying a word.
– One never returned from lunch.
– One stormed out in the middle of a meeting.
– An employee set out to buy new boots and was never seen again.
Some staff decided to go high-tech with their resignation, like:
– Quitting via Facebook.
– Quitting via a text message to the boss.
– Resigning via a message to the company website.
– Quitting on a video conference call.
– A music video to explain that she was leaving.
Others preferred to have someone else do the dirty work for them:
– One had their wife call in saying that he was not going back.
– Another worker sent a text to a colleague, asking it to be forwarded to the management.
– Even parents got involved, with one employee’s parents calling in to say that their son would be resigning.
In light of these experiences, 86% of HR managers said that how an employee quits will affect their career opportunities in the future.
“How you quit a position can leave a lasting impression, so make sure to exit on the best terms possible,” said Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam.