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The worst ways to say “I quit”



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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.

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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.

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