REVEALED | The strangest ways employees have quit their jobs

The strangest ways employees have quit their jobs

Given how much time employees spend at work – data commissioned by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) found that the average Brit will spend 3,507 days at work in their lifetime –  it is important that they like their job and the company they work for.

However, there will be some employees out there who are so unhappy in their role that they often find themselves thinking about the day that they can finally hand in their notice.

This urge to leave the company has resulted in some employees resigning in some of the strangest ways. HR Grapevine has collated a list of the top five.

Read on to find out more.

‘Sorry for your loss’

One employee with an axe to grind quit her job by sending a ‘sorry for your loss card’ to her employer.

Last year, HR Grapevine reported that the now former employee had purchased the cheapest card she could find and explained in the card the reasons why she wouldn’t be returning.

Down the pan

Some employees may feel inclined to resign if they don’t feel supported in the workplace or because they don’t get on with colleagues in their team.

Yet, the Daily Mail reported that one unnamed employee decided to write the reasons for his resignation on sheets of toilet roll.

Public resignation

One manager, who had hired an entry-level employee about a year before, came across a LinkedIn post the employee had written which was titled ‘Should I stay or should I go?’.

Monster job site reported that this post – which detailed the reasons why a person should quit their role – was put up a couple of weeks before the employee quit her role.

Quick exit

When handing in her notice, Cleveland.com reported that one employee baked a cake with her resignation letter written on the top of it which was likely to have left a bitter aftertaste.

Explicit song

Some staff members are so incensed by their workplace that they are encouraged to quit in some of the most abrasive ways.

Last year, HR Grapevine reported on an employee who told his manager that he was quitting by singing an explicit song.

In a video that later went viral, the now former employee stood before customers and colleagues and sang a song that his manager would unlikely forget.

Exit interviews

While some employees with an axe to grind may feel inclined to resign in ways like some of the above examples, they should have gone to HR and organised an exit interview.

This would allow the employee to talk through some of the issues they may have faced and is useful for employers as it gathers feedback that can be used to steer the business forwards.

Kathy Allison, Global People Director at FitFlop previously told HR Grapevine that post-employment conversations should be conducted in a way that puts departing staff at ease.

“We always hope there aren’t too many surprises as we gather feedback throughout each person’s time with us, but more data is never a bad thing,” she concluded.


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