Alert: An HONEST Resignation Letter has been Sighted!

As many of you know I’ve been transitioning between jobs the past few months.  While doing so, I have written a few posts about losing your job, being burnt out, and this week’s very controversial one:   It is YOUR fault you were laid off.

In response to this latest post a fellow blogger shared the resignation letter she turned in this week and in turn I want to share it with you.

Sammie wrote a no holds barred letter and by doing so created a very rare creature in today’s corporate world – an honest resignation letter.  I envy her courage to throw caution to the wind and realize there are some times when burning that bridge behind you is the right decision.   There are few circumstances when I would advocate such action, but hers seems to meet even my cautious criteria.  Would I have ever done it though?  Probably not, which is why I love it so much.  Here is a snippet:

 …I would never use this Micky Mouse organization on my resume or request a reference from you! So effective today, at the close of business, my slave status with your organization will be formally done. I hope you understand this decision is “only business”…

Go here to read the rest.

What would you do?  Would you write a bland, keep all options open, letter like I did?  Or go for it like Sammie?

4 Responses to Alert: An HONEST Resignation Letter has been Sighted!

  1. I think we have all had our “stick it to the man” fantasies at one time or another and Sammi’s letter definitely accomplishes that. Obviously none of us knows what she endured to be driven to write such a letter. In my own experience, these kinds of letters while therapeutically cleansing, can sometimes come back to bite you on the ass.

    Our lives are made up of relationships and I continue to be amazed at how interconnected we are with one another; the bridge you burn today may be the ladder you need tomorrow. Not saying Sammi did the wrong thing for her situation, but it would not be my style. I’d err on the side of writing the letter to get my anger off my chest and then deleting it. At a minimum, I’d observe the 24 hour rule – write the letter and then look at it a day later and see if I still felt like sending it. I’d then take that energy and let it fuel me to create or find a job that truly utilized my gifts and talents.

    As an aside, Sammi’s letter further proves that people don’t quit companies, they quit their bosses. We should all read her letter and ask ourselves.”Am I this kind of a boss?” “Do I do the most to nurture, support and let my staff shine?” Crappy bosses beware!

    • Really great points Portia. I definitely err on the side of keeping doors open – to the point where it is can be detrimental to my self esteem in some cases – but those are pretty severe and few and far between. Conservatively I would likely advise to keep doors open and not turn in a resignation letter like this – but oh boy would it feel good! :) Great points you make about taking a look at ourselves and asking ourselves what type of letter our employees really want to write to us – what would be in it? How can we improve that?

  2. Daria, that letter was priceless. I went and read the hole thing and the comments, leaving one of my own. Thanks for sharing it. It truly is every disgruntled employee’s fantasy! ~Dawn

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