5 Ways To Quit Your Job

Day-in day-out, you fantasize about following your gut to bid your present job goodbye. You give yourself the talk: ‘I’m better than this, and I can’t make it with this kind of pay. I’m outta here for my future sake.’ Due to perceived riskiness of one’s financial situations or general economic conditions; you may be unable to quit that very  job you hate so much. But, boldness and well-set plan are all it takes to overcome this insurmountable challenge.

A new research which is arguably the first to present to us “resignation styles,” published in the Journal of Applied Psychology suggests ways to leave your employer. From studies done both online and offline, researchers Anthony Klots and Mark Bolino were able to gather some styles used by people who had resigned from their full-time job in the past year.

Following styles to say ‘I quit’ are some of the ways identified by the authors from 423 people surveyed online:

By The Book.

This type of departure involves a face to face conversation accompanied by a resignation letter, detailing the reason for departure, and a defined period.

Grateful Goodbyes.

This can be employed to ensure the employer feels no pain as you resign from your job.


If you choose to ensure no contact is recorded between you and your boss, you can let a third party like HR convey the news, or send a message over the weekend to break the news.

Perfunctory Approach.

This approach follows the motions contained in ‘By The Book,‘ but in a different fashion. You can have a face to face conversation with your employer, but, withhold the reasons for leaving.

Bridge Burner.

Some of those surveyed by the researchers say they gave their employer a short and sweet sentence “Told my boss to —— off.”

I’m not quiet okay with the idea of burning bridges, because we live in such a small world. And no one knows if there will be need to re-cross the burnt bridge in the future.

The researchers also conducted a study to know the impact the different types of departures have on employers. Positive emotions of those at the receiving were higher, and negative ones lower when the approach used was ‘by the book’ and grateful goodbye.


Bridge Burning and the six other ways to quit your job - digest.bps.org.uk/

Klotz, Anthony C.; Bolino, Mark C. Saying Goodbye: The Nature, Causes, and Consequences of Employee - Journal of Applied Psychology, Jun 23 , 2016. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/apl0000135

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