How to Quit Your Job Like a Boss looks a the the imaginative and bizarre ways a few employees chose to say “I quit”, some of which went viral!
HOW TO QUIT YOUR JOB LIKE A BOSS
Once upon a time, writing a letter of resignation was a formal, if a little, awkward affair. But the rise of the web means people are getting more imaginative about the way they say “I quit”. It’s a risky business, but drawing the public’s attention to your decision to leave a job can be a wise move. Whether they leave on good terms or bad, these creative (ex) employees can become overnight viral celebrities. And if they’re lucky, it can all help them with their next career step…
1. HAVE YOUR CAKE…
What better way to advertise your new baking business than to ice your letter of resignation on to a cake? Be sure to include your web address so that when the photo of the cake goes viral, everyone knows where to find you. Throw in some cute press shots of you and your new baby (and a spatula) and you’re made. Clever Mr Cake (a.k.a. former Border Control Officer at Stansted Airport, Chris Holmes.)
2. POP-UP POP-OFF
No one knows quite where this pop-up sprung from, but web rumour has it it was found on a company computer after it was handed back to the I.T. department. Apparently, it was created by a disgruntled temp who’d been led to believe that they’d get to stay on permanently. It ended up on Reddit and the rest is history. A bright idea, but with language like that, unlikely to lead to more offers of employment, even if the culprit wasn’t anonymous.
One of the biggest viral hits of 2013, Marina Shifrin’s ‘interpretive dance’ video showed her busting some dubious moves to Kanye West’sGone in the offices of the video production company where she worked. A few days later, the 25-year-old was offered a job by Queen Latifah when she appeared on her talk show. With almost 17.5 million Youtube Hits and over 10k Twitter followers, we bet that’s not the only job offer the ‘aspiring writer’ has had.
Everyone knows that Glastonbury makes people lose their inhibitions and feel totally free, but who would have thought the world’s biggest music festival could inspire an MP to quit their job? After the 2013 festival, Labour’s General Election Co-ordinator, Tom Watson, wrote an open resignation letter to Ed Milliband – and posted it online.
In it, he advised the party leader to try to pursue a ‘real life’ alongside his political career, before recommending he sought out Drenge, his favourite act from the weekend. Here’s an extract of the letter.. “John Humphrys asked me why you were not at Glastonbury this weekend. I said Labour leaders can’t be seen standing in muddy fields listening to bands…And then I thought how terribly sad that this is true.
So: be that great Labour leader that you can be, but try to have a real life too. And if you want to see an awesome band, I recommend Drenge.” Derbyshire lads Drenge’s discography includes tracks such as ‘I Want To Break You in Half’, ‘Bloodsports’, ‘Dogmeat’ and ‘Face Like a Skull’. Wonder if Ed’s now a fan? If Watson’s resignation didn’t boost Watson’s career, it certainly did Drenge a few favours.
5. GET IT OFF YOUR CHEST…
Consumer Product Director Kevin Nalty worked for top US company Merck Pharmaceuticals – until his Youtube channel became a hit. Under his comedy alias “Nalts”, Kevin received 7.4 million views of the very serious sounding video, “Farting in Public”. Realising his vocation and inspired by a performance on the previous night’s episode of American Idol, he posted this video, revealing an inspirational message scrawled on his torso.
6. MARCHING ORDERS
This guy handed over his letter with a smile, dropped the letter on the floor, and left followed by a marching band.
After three-and-a-half years working in room service at the Providence Rhode Island Hotel, 23-year-old Joey DeFrancesco had had enough. Like many workers who’ve clashed with their bosses on more than one occasion, DeFrancesco longed to quit in spectacular fashion. When he got another job and the time came, he walked out in style – closely followed by a magnificent marching band. It’s the stuff of exit dreams…
7. SLIDE AWAY
An abusive customer led to Stephen Slater leaving his flight attendant job after 28 years in the air. And he did so in the most theatrical fashion imaginable: fellow passengers reported that Slater grabbed the PA mic and used select language to announce his imminent departure, before removing his regulation tie, popping open a beer, deploying the emergency chute and sliding to freedom. He was arrested shortly after the incident on a runway in America. Slater became a hero of the web, with multiple Facebook pages appearing in his honour. We always thought those inflatable slides looked kinda fun…
8. DON’T HOLD BACK
Few people dream of exposing their nasty bosses for who they really are on the day they finally leave their job – and for Kieran Allen, that dream came true. When he departed London media company MEC, he sent the entire workforce his resignation email, which was pointedly entitled ‘Leaving’. In it, he thanked the company for the opportunity for career growth, but totally let loose on his boss, whom he accused of discrimination, poor-treatment and having sex with a colleague in the office. Needless to say, the email went well-and-truly viral and soon enough, Allen’s boss had his very own hashtag (which, in this case, was not something to be proud of.)
9. THE NAKED TRUTH
We could be wrong, but we don’t think this unique resignation will have brought in more job offers. After using the Star Trekcredits to tell his colleagues he’s thought of bedding them all, this wacky worker goes on to do a naked dance with a clown’s face covering his modesty. It looks like he’s used green screen to superimpose himself and his “perfect body” into the office setting. Wow, we all wish we could work with that guy.
10. GIVE ’EM THE COLD SHOULDER
Diners at this fast food restaurant got free entertainment with their burgers when this guy, apparently the boss, jumped on the counter and started dancing to Vanilla Ice’s rap hit Ice Ice Baby, whilst sporting a t-shirt emblazoned with the slogan ‘I QUIT’. Did no one tell him that he was breaking some serious health and safety rules? Oh wait, it’s not like he could get sacked.
11. AMERICAN BYE
If you’re going to leave a job where you spend all day writing code for Microsoft Excel, you might as well make your resignation as interesting as possible. That’s why Karen Chang deserves a round of applause – and then some. She cleverly rewrote the lyrics to Don McLean’s American Pie to perfectly fit the subject matter of her job, then filmed herself playing it on guitar and singing along. Particularly genius lines include “long, long lines of code” and “I’m glad I had the chance to make cells and numbers dance.”
12. GAME OVER
If you work for a gaming company, doing anything less than producing a dedicated retro platform game to announce your resignation is just rubbish. Mr Jarrad left gaming company Australia 2K with the help of Super Mario, drawing plenty of attention to his skills and setting the bar for quitting games developers of the future. If you fancy a go, you can find his game here.