Quitting Can Be the Most Satisfying Part of a Job

Quitting can be the most satisfying part of a job. On the same track as my previous blog entries I will detail the myriad ways to quit poorly. And yes, it is possible to leave a job badly. I’ve held some terrible jobs. I’ve been lucky as the majority of the jobs I’ve worked have been fantastic, and most employers absolutely wonderful. However, some spectacularly dreadful people have employed me in some hideous jobs.

So, I’ll give you a quick guide of how not to quit in four easy steps!

Before you actually throw in the towel, do the minimum.
There’s a line from the ever-quotable Simpsons where Homer advises Lisa “if you don’t like your job, you should just go in everyday and do it really half-$@*#.” Since Homer is the beacon for all that is just in the world, it follows that once you’ve given your two weeks notice, you should show up (if you really want to). That’s about where your duties would end.

Two Weeks Notice is optional.
There’s probably a law out there about giving two weeks notice for quitting. This gives adequate time for your employer to find a someone else for the job. But, really if you want to leave the job then do so! They made the mistake of hiring you in the first place, make them aware that mistake by bailing with short to no notice.

Make sure the people who are still working there know how bad the job is.
It follows that if you’re smart enough to be leaving the place, then let the people who work there know how bad it really is. Chances are they’re already aware of it, but pound that point home.

Don’t be grateful for the opportunity they gave you.
They hired you, their mistake. Taking the job was your mistake. So why be grateful for the opportunity if it didn’t work out. If the best thing you got from the experience was that you know you don’t want to do that job anymore, why should you try and sugar coat it? Besides, that’s not much to be thankful for.

So that’s a brief but accurate description of how not to quit. All this to say it’s easy to leave somewhere you didn’t enjoy working acting like a jerk. It’s fun to leave a trail of disgruntled employees in your wake. Regardless of how good it can feel, it’s never the proper way to leave. Being negative and bitter is an easy and often fun ride, but it rarely ends with any worthwhile results.

What’s the worst job you ever held? How did you leave? Alternatively, what’s the best job you left? What is the best way to leave a job?

2 Responses to “Quitting Can Be the Most Satisfying Part of a Job”

  1. shabanoo

    I worked at a gas station for five years of my life (minus a year in the middle when I was out of the country). I quit amicably and left on good terms, giving them plenty of notice. Having said that, I was at least in part hastened by the fact that two other employees were speculating about quitting, and I wanted to do it first so that it would reflect less poorly on me.

  2. knormand

    Worst job I ever had was working for an independent bakery run by a woman who I think was honestly bipolar. One moment she would call you sweetie and the next she’d scream at you for forgetting to glaze the hotcross buns. I realized I had to quit after looking at how crushed and resigned the other girls working there looked. I called in and honestly said that I didn’t think I was cut out for the job. “If you can’t handle the heat, get out of the kitchen.” Best jobs I ever had were
    1. Working at Sobeys, because of the people I worked with. Two of them became my best friends. Making kids’ birthday cakes was also awesome.
    2. A patisserie because of the free tea and food provided by an endearing Vietnamese man with six kids.
    3. Reitman’s again because of the people. It’s like the zombiepocalypse and its you and your team against all the consumer undead in a mall.
    Boring or crappy jobs can be immensely more bearable when you like the people you work with. It’s a lot harder to leave them too. Best way to leave a job:
    just be honest. Don’t lie about your reasons. Thank them for the opportunity no matter how horrible the job was or how much you hated them. You need them for references. Leave a class act.


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