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He called his boss a WHAT? Here's how not to quit your next job
Last updated: September 26, 2022
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He called his boss a WHAT? Here's how not to quit your next job
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We’ve entered what many are calling “The Great Resignation.” A record four million workers quit their jobs in April alone, and workplaces across the country are seeing a trend in employees leaving their jobs for a number of reasons, including pandemic burnout, reassessment about priorities, labor shortages, and perceived unfair wages.

Moving on to new jobs is a routine part of everyone’s career journey and can be a wonderful growth and learning opportunity. However, what makes things different during this “turnover tsunami” is that these individuals are documenting their exits and posting it on social media sites like TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube - many containing in some big “no-no’s” when it comes to resigning from a position.

Regardless of your reason for finding a new job, there’s a right and a wrong way to quit your job. It’s often important to leave a positive impression on your previous employer so that you do not burn any bridges or hurt your chances of finding future work, but it may be that some workers are willing to take that risk.

Here are 3 things you should never do when quitting a job.

Don’t make a grand exit

Yes, it’s nice to be a memorable worker and the coworker that your colleagues remember for years to come. But, a dramatic exit will have everyone remembering you for all the wrong reasons.

Use Kyle Shute for an example - clearly fed up with the way things are going at his current job, he decides to announce his departure to the entire store while airing out some dirty laundry along the way.

You never know who you’ll have to work with (or for!) in the future, so it’s best to quit your job professionally to keep relationships as positive as possible when leaving a company. (Basically, avoid pulling a Joanna and quitting with “too much flair.")

Don’t badmouth your boss or coworkers

Even if you can't stand your boss or colleagues, you should do your best to keep things professional when you leave. Refrain from making belittling or inappropriate comments on your way out, and be sure not to speak poorly of your former teammates at your new workplace, as it could give people a bad taste of your character. I don’t think Maxwell will be using his boss as a reference anytime soon...

Don’t quit without notice

It can be tempting to just slip away at lunch and never return - especially if it’s a particularly awful work environment. However, it’s best to avoid the temptation to hastily walk out of a job. It’s also a good rule of thumb never to make a life-changing decision while angry since emotion can lead to rash decisions. It looks like the majority of these McDonald’s employees decided enough was enough and left a few stragglers to drown in a sea of drive-thru orders and angry customers.

Instead, take the time to draft a formal resignation letter and give your boss proper notice that you will be leaving. You may need to use the company as a future reference for employment, so it’s best to leave it on a good note.

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I got blacklisted. I was sexually harassed to the point I did not feel safe at work. Where I live they had enough influence that I have been unable to find employment in this community. I just wish I snapped pictures of everything so I could have sent the evidence to a Grand Jury for money embezzlement and fraud.

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Terria Berry

Well, I quit my job already and was a personal towards me. So, every day I tried to find positive outcome of going to work. Making a difference in my patients and coworkers lives, but behind the scenes when you the only (one) skin color being attacked, made very uncomfortable for me, but when supposedly has a close door meeting on dress code, And talked about my hair that broke the camels back for me. So I quit with dignity and grace.

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Joshua Scott

Whatever! What community do you specialize in Elyssa? The one on the hill, looking down on masses as they mire in the swamp scavenging for whatyever scraps they are told is the best they'll get, while their tyrannical bosses cozy up with their gang-busting landlords sucking down Shiraz as they plan how to manipulate government bodies and exploit tax and employment loopholes. The suits dont run the world, they are not innovative or going to care about your starving children. Their only concern is for the shareholders, and they will are all coconspirators ruthless and abusive network of parasites, blinding us from the truth. The revolution will not be faught with guns and bombs. It will be faught with keyboards, garbage trucks and shovels in restaurants kitchens, on construction sites and hotel lobbies. If money is all they desire than they should work for it, and if it isn't enough, then they should work harder or get a second or third job. Is that not what they'd say? This article is so fake it's nauseating. How much do the screws pay for this smoke and mirror tripe? The BS starts in the first paragraph with, "perceived" unfair wages. This author managed to whittle centuries of oppressions into three catagorical reasons to quit your job. Ha! She totally ignores the realest reason to quit; they need you and you dont need them. These buerocrats have been paying minorities and women less than white men forever, and none of them have had a cost of living increase in salary that comes close to the pace of the cost of living since the 60's- it's a fact, not a perception.

We are finally getting to them and they're scared. White collars have been living lavishly off the backs of blue collars that cannot afford to live, yet the author- I use the term loosely(more like corporate schill)- has the audacity to tell you not to leave without kissing up on the way out. Get real. When you give notice because you found something better are they going to bake you a cake? Not likely. Don't make a scene, I can get behind, but you may as well say dont be a childish brat. And maybe the boss does need to be put in place. If they've been ridding you without a saddle for years, taking credit for your ideas and denying you promotions or raises, and you've found something better, they let them have it! #pitchforksandguillotines

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