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Slip out the Back, Jack: 7 Ways to Leave Your Job

Magazine article HRMagazine

Slip out the Back, Jack: 7 Ways to Leave Your Job

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There are seven basic ways that people quit their jobs, and how they do it might say a lot about your organization, according to research featured in the Journal of Applied Psychology. Generally, employees choose one of these types of resignations:

1 By-the-book (31 percent). Employees meet face to face with their manager to announce the departure, provide a standard notice period and explain why they are quitting.

2 Perfunctory (23.5 percent). Similar to by-the-book resignations, employees meet with their manager, but the meeting tends to be shorter and the reason for quitting is not provided.

3 Avoidant (12.7 percent). Employees tell co-workers, such as peers, mentors or HR representatives, that they plan to leave rather than giving notice to their immediate boss.

4 Grateful goodbye (10 percent). Workers express gratitude toward their employer and often offer to help with the transition period.

5 Bridge-burning (8.6 percent). Employees seek to harm the organization or colleagues on their way out the door, often through verbal assaults. …

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