December 13, 2016
Middle manager who retired with a Reply All email tirade shows how not to quit a job
"When they asked for an honest exit interview, I gave them one," Stuban told Philly.com. He retired on Thanksgiving Day and now plans to travel and volunteer at his church.
While it might be tempting, and seemingly hilarious, to go out in a blaze of glory like Stuban or Joanna in "Office Space," you're better off holding your tongue.
How exactly would he be better off holding his tongue? He doesn't seem to be regretting his decision to go out in a blaze of glory.
I wrote a burning bridges letter when I retired 17 years ago. How else would I have heard the following from my general manager?
Of course employees are our number one priority. It's just that other things are more important right now.
I kid you not. I'll take that quote to my grave. Never regretted the resignation letter that prompted it. Very cathartic! Hahaha!
You only get one real chance to say exactly what you want to your employer. It's when you retire. Had I retired a few years earlier, say before the financial fraud and the seemingly endless waves of layoffs hit, the letter would have been much different. Go figure.
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