Resignation of a job can be like a burden that lifted up from your shoulders, thinking “Yeah, I made the decision!”. Some of the time, you might be sad even tearful leaving your workplace especially when you enjoyed working in your company. However, if you leave because of negative reasons, please do not burn your bridges. The world is pretty small and you’ll never know when you’ll meet again…
Emily, 36, senior analytical manager
“I had a staff once who accused of me being bias and racist due to a loss of promotion to another team member. When I challenged him to justify his comments in front of HR, he blew up and flipped the table in the conference room! Not surprised that he called in the next day to quit his job. He didn’t even give one month’s notice which is required by our company’s policies. In the end, we decided not to pursue. A year later, I actually got a call from a recruiter from a Fortune 500 company who enquired about him, his working performance and the reason he left. I was surprised that he had the cheek and the stupidity to list me as one of his references. Haha!”
David, 25, Technical Support Team Lead
“I knew Frank for quite awhile back in 3 years ago. He is usually the nice guy, performances so-so, but he loves to cut corners and being lazy and all, but he is not from my team so we don’t usually hang out too much together. He did some crazy thing one day and argued with his supervisor in front of everyone. We didn’t see him after that time, I just assumed that he left the company. Fast forward beginning of this year, I joined a prestigious company as Team Lead and need to hire a team of my own. Guess who send in his application?”
Amy, 31, Retail Advisor
“Two years ago, I was working for a huge supermarket chain for a female boss. She’s alright, not the best boss in the world but definitely fair and competent in her role until the day she throw in her letter and started to brag that she is going some e-commerce big shot company as a major management role. During her last month, she left a lot of incomplete work, she is on leave or late for work most of the time. We know she doesn’t care about her current role any more than she cares about us. She screwed us up when she did not submit our time cards before the day she left, we got our salary a month late due to her mistake. Recently, she applied for a position back to our company, the word goes that she was ostracized in the other company and she wants to come back. All of us who used to be under her, signed a petition against her coming back and submitted to HR.”
Bob, 40 Customer Service Representative
“Sumei has been working in the telco industry for more than 10 years, and in our company for 5 years. She is sweet, patience and most of our customers love her. We were happy for her when she announced that she is going to be married and quitting her job. That is until she sent out a really nasty email that is 5 pages long, detailing how she hated all of us, calling some of us nasty names, how she thought the company should have to operate better. She even go as far to criticize some of our major customers and labeling them stupid in the email. She sent the email to everyone in the company and to our customers as well just before she picked up her box of things and walked out the front door. Everyone was pissed off at her! We had to clean up the mess after her. Even my boss called her up to threaten her with a lawsuit. A month ago, she came back to the office, a much quieter, subdued Sumei. Apparently, during a year long marriage, her husband cheated on her and fled the state with the other woman with all her savings. Our boss took pity on her and ask her to come back to her old job when he heard about her situation. She still trying to mend the relationships she broke and was eating the humble pie since she came back. But it’s hard to trust that sweet smile anymore.”
So never burn your bridges, you’ll never know if you are going to see, let alone work with the same person again. Even if you leave on a bad situation, keep your head high and your professionalism even higher.
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