Resignation 101

Looking to resign soon? While you should always leave on good terms, according to a recent survey conducted by OfficeTeam, a few people gave bizarre reasons to leave which made us chuckle. Instead of just saying the norm like leaving to pursue another opportunity, one employee said he was joining the circus while another said “she lost her cell phone too many times at work.”

The survey also revealed someone quit to participate in a reality show and someone else said it was his routine to switch jobs every six months.

The survey is based on telephone interviews with 1,300 senior managers at companies in the U.S. and Canada with more than 20 or more employees.

Some people were simply honest in their approach. Here are a few other examples:

  • “A guy said he was making too much money and didn’t feel he was worth it.”
  • “One person left because she didn’t want to work so hard.”
  • “An individual said he was bored.”
  • “Someone quit because she was going to live off her trust fund.”
  • “An employee said work was getting in the way of having fun.”
  • “A person quit because informal dress was not allowed.”
  • “The worker told us he just couldn’t get up in the morning.”

Ah, there are always those who couldn’t quite deal with the environment itself. One person quit “because he didn’t like the way the office smelled” whereas another didn’t enjoy the cafeteria food. Really?

To others, there was simply no exit strategy conversation at all. According to the survey, someone just walked out without saying a word. The manager described, “We have no idea why he left, and we were not able to contact him.”

Amusing scenarios aside, Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam, indicated the importance of properly resigning according to the press release. “How you leave a job can be just as important as what you did while you were there.”

He added, “Regardless of the reason for resigning, making a graceful exit by tying up loose ends and thanking colleagues shows your professionalism and can help you down the road in your career.”