Weirdest Reasons Workers Quit Their Jobs
There's no shortage of workers who get fired for doing stupid things on the job. Take, for example, Tamara Vangundy, the Indiana coroner who earlier this month reportedly showed up at a crime scene intoxicated and was subsequently charged with drunk driving.
But some people also have very weird reasons for quitting their jobs, according to a recent survey of employers by the staffing firm OfficeTeam. In telephone interviews with more than 1,300 senior managers at U.S. and Canadian companies with 20 or more employees, managers reported some strange excuses. There was the worker who said that he was making too much money and felt that he wasn't worth it. Another said he needed to stay home -- to feed his dog.
Improved Labor Market
With the job market slowly improving, it's not surprising that there has been an uptick in workers who are quitting their jobs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2.1 million workers quit their jobs in April, following a similar number in March -- the highest single-month totals since the start of the Great Recession.
Managers in the OfficeTeam survey reported these weird explanations given by workers for leaving:
- "Someone quit because she was going to live off her trust fund."
- "An employee said work was getting in the way of having fun."
- "The worker told us he just couldn't get up in the morning."
Surprisingly, some managers said workers complained about the look of the office.
- "A person quit because he hated the carpet."
- "One worker did not like the colors of the walls."
- "The employee quit because the office building was unattractive."
- "Someone felt the lobby area was too small."
- "She hated the lighting in the building.
Others reported annoyance with all sorts of seemingly small things.
- "He quit because he didn't like the way the office smelled."
- "One employee didn't enjoy the cafeteria food."
- "An individual did not like the sound of file cabinets being slammed."
Of course, quitting under such strange circumstances isn't wise -- it's always better to exit gracefully and with a sound reason for doing so. With that in mind, OfficeTeam offers these tips on how to quit a job the right way:
- Give proper notice. Tell your boss about your departure first so that he or she doesn't hear it through the grapevine. Providing two weeks notice is standard, but if your schedule is flexible, offer to stay longer to train a replacement.
- Get things in order. Supply written instructions to team members on projects and make sure that they have access to the tools and information needed to complete assignments.
- Stay positive. Take the time to say goodbye and thank you to colleagues. Provide your contact information and reach out to those with whom you'd like to keep in touch.
- Don't slack off. Use your last weeks on the job to complete as much work as possible on outstanding projects. You want to be remembered as a strong contributor to the end.
- Talk before you walk. Participate in an exit interview if it's offered. Be honest with your feedback, but keep it constructive and professional. Your comments and suggestions could potentially help to improve the workplace.
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David Schepp has spent more than a dozen years covering business news for the electronic and print media, including Dow Jones Newswires, BBC News, Gannett Co., and most recently at AOL's DailyFinance. Nearly 10 years ago, he started writing a weekly People@Work column, looking in depth at issues facing workers in today's workplace. The syndicated column appeared in newspapers and websites nationwide before it made its debut on DailyFinance in 2010. Schepp now continues that tradition at Aol Jobs, covering the jobs beat and providing readers insight and analysis into the nation's challenging employment scene.
Schepp holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Metropolitan State College of Denver.
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