RANT: Stop Burning Bridges
Why does quitting your job always have to be a viral sensation. Well, it’s finally come back to bite someone in the you-kn0w-what. And I say it’s about time!
Sure. It’s pretty cool when we see someone quit their job in the most amazing way (like Marina Shifrin when she danced all over her office at 4:30 in the morning before anyone could catch her.) And you really want to be like “OMG I wish I went out like that” or “I’m totally going to come up with a plan when I finally leave my full-time gig to go out on my own.”
Don’t do it.
This is real life, okay? You run the risk of your previous employer not being your biggest fan afterward. And that’s what just happened to Jenny. She quit with a series of photos and whiteboards and her boss made a rebuttal. You may have talked a bunch of trash about him, but now he’s sicking his lawyers on you… oh yeah… and the same people who are entertained are now more entertained by YOUR BOSSES REBUTTAL and not the original quitting.
STOP BURNING BRIDGES. Don’t you realize that these people, no matter how blood-sucking and terrible they may be to work with every day, could hold the key to getting a great gig down the road? Not to mention, everyone knows you now as someone who writes on white board and talks trash about your employer. Who’s going to hire you? Even if you do work for yourself?
This is networking 101. We can’t always avoid making enemeies, but you can at least leave your employment gracefully. Right? Resignation letters and pink slips used to be a thing. Let’s bring those back.
What do you think about Jenny’s quit-job?