Start spreading the news, I’m leaving today!

There’s no easy way to resign from a job. Most companies ask that you give a month’s notice, and hand in a letter of resignation. You might, of course, want to tell your boss before that so that it doesn’t come as a shock, but you aren’t legally bound to. It can be a difficult conversation to have!

There have been a few examples of, shall we say, “creative resignation” in the news lately. One example is Jenny, who quit her job by writing her feelings on a whiteboard, and emailed it to her boss…and the rest of the office!

I quit!

She wasn’t exactly complementary about her boss, and picked him up on his time spent playing Farmville whilst at work! What happened next? Her boss replied, in the same way… He picked her up on her faults, and gave as good as he got. He also declared that Farmville had helped him in a work capacity, as it soothed him!

Although sometimes it might seem like a fantastic idea to tell people what you think of them, do remember that these are the people that you will be asking to give you a reference. The people at the company you work for now, even if you may not think they will be helpful in your career, are a fantastic resource of information, learning and a networking opportunity, that you put to waste by offending them!

As the old adage goes, “Be nice to people on the way up, because you’ll meet them again on the way down.”

Jenny’s resignation turned out to be a hoax, but it’s still worth remembering the lesson she’s taught us!

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