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."

Going Gracefully

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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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Taylor Serry

In the era of Tech new online development of severance of workers is unavoidable because of the modernization of machinery to replace human work.

April 24 2014 at 2:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chuck Sgro

The real reason I quit some jobs - MY BOSS is a BONEHEAD

August 13 2012 at 11:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

In this day and age maybe most of the people were just trying to be nice. The world has changed and most employeers give the attitude that employees are just a piece of meat. Loyalty begets loyalty and most companies expect to receive it are to stupid to realize it is a two way street.

May 15 2012 at 10:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

When I was in management several years ago, we started a project to try to employe welfare recipients to help get them off the system and give them job skills. One girl we hired worked a few days, then came to me and said " I'm going to quit today. Its so much easier to be on welfare. And plus, I'm missing my soaps". And out the door she went.

May 15 2012 at 9:20 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I resigned due to temperature- the office in the pm would be around 82- in Fla that is killer- thank God my employers did not want me to go and replaced the AC system (which they should have done years ago) my co-workers think I am a hero

May 15 2012 at 7:18 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Interesting the unemployment is not up if as the quoted line above....2.1 million workers quit their jobs in April, following a similar number in March ... is factual.

May 15 2012 at 7:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

To go home and smoke weed?

May 15 2012 at 4:53 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

My husband quit in 2012 because when the economy tanked in 2008, they let go all the people who knew what they were doing, and then replaced them with idiot "temps" who knew nothing and were not motivated to learn. When the economy picked up again, they did not hire qualified people and my husband was still doing FOUR different peoples jobs at once! They over-worked him to a frazzle, and when he got irritated his nepotism knucklehead supervisor (who they had fired and then rehired!) kept putting him on report for "bad attitude"! My husband worked there over 12 years, and got glowing evaluations and was the highest paid employee. Not only did that jerk stress him out by making him do the work of four men, he stressed hm out so bad that my life at home with him was hell too. He would come home all stressed and I bore the brunt of it.
My husband has a job with a company that respects and values him now.
And the idiot supervisor at his old job?....they fired his butt a week after they learned that he had been the reason my husband quit. Him along with a couple of his cronies. My husband had over 37 years of training and knowledge, and is sorely missed. Right now they have NO ONE doing those four jobs, and they are hurting. I love it! Payback is a b*tch, but they deserve every bit of it.

May 15 2012 at 4:44 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to yesiam2000's comment

did he not talk to the bosses boss before quiting?

August 18 2012 at 1:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Whenever I quit a job, it was always because of the people i.e. managers, co-workers, customers, clients, etc. The workplace brings out the worst in people. The minute they walk through the door they morph into ********. I am retired now and walking on sunshine. Miss it ? You gotta be f'ing kidding me !

May 15 2012 at 4:43 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Let's be honest. Employers laid off too many people and the workers that stayed had a high work load to begin with that only increased. Now that there are other opportunities elsewhere, people who haven't been happy for years finally have a way out! The work loads have been unreasonably high for too long. Pay attention to job descriptions because some responsibility lists are so long the clearly used to be for two jobs. It's a tell tale sign about why the position is availible to begin with. If you take one, you won't be happy long so keep job searching while doing these jobs (since it's still a paycheck).

May 15 2012 at 3:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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