Farage Facepalm

How not to hand in your notice

I watched with interest last Friday as Nigel Farage made what is likely to be his final statement to the EU parliament before he goes on extended gardening leave.

I reflected that this was not dissimilar to the act of handing in your notice albeit to a slightly larger gathering than might be the norm in such circumstances.

His statements were loaded with antagonistic rhetoric such as “I know that virtually none of you have never done a proper job in your lives” and the always reliable “whose laughing now”. The irony of the first quoted statement is summed up in the above picture, the individual holding his face in his hand is a retired heart surgeon.

Most people who are moving jobs have aspects of their job that they are unhappy with though most are seeking positive change such as more remuneration or responsibilities. There are times however when a fundamental loathing of their current role is the driving factor.

When presented with this scenario I consider it important to provide two pieces of key advice to job seekers.

Firstly, and most importantly it is critically important not to burn your bridges. Whist it may be satisfying to deliver a few home truths and air your grievances it may also be damaging to your career. Constructive criticism is usually welcome, but anything beyond this could impact on references or sour your reputation with individuals you may end up working with again in the future.

Not fulfilling agreed notice periods or being intentionally idle during your notice are also actions that could be construed negatively. I always say make your last month in a job your best month and this applies just as much to a role you may not have liked as with one that you have fond memories of.

The second piece of advice I offer is to look at future potential roles in a critical light. Is it a role that you would have taken regardless of you becoming unhappy in your current position? If not, then perhaps it’s worth taking a little longer to seek out the right fit even if it means staying in a role you aren’t enjoying. Furthermore, is the new role a genuine alternative option or are you signing yourself up to the same set of frustrations once again?

I think it’s fair to say that accusing co-workers of being lazy and telling them that you have had the last laugh would not be appreciated in most if any working environments. Have you ever witnessed any dramatic scenes of resignation? Let us know!



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