In the past week, a series went viral on The Chive about a young women who quit her job at an investment firm. What is the big deal about quitting a job? She quit by sending a series of pictures of herself with messages written on a white board, telling her boss that she quit. In these pictures, she reveals that her boss used a derogatory slang term to describe her physical appearance. As one views the slide show, we can relate as many readers would like to quit their current job or tell someone in their office what we truly think of them. In the end, the viewer discovers the whole episode was a hoax and the young woman is an actress.
Also in the past week, there have been numerous reports about a flight attendant who was fed up about being mistreated and grabbed a beer, told off the offending passenger/s, and jumped out of a Jet Blue plane via the escape slide. While this person really did grab a beer and head out the door onto the tarmac, his story has come under some scrutiny – there are questions to who was the offensive party, the flight attendant or the passenger/s.
What does this have to do with you? These stories should serve as a reminder about how we conduct ourselves. Being professional and never “burning a bridge” is important. Consider this, will the flight attendant ever be offered a job in the airline industry again? As one expert said on the Today Show, “Slim to none”. I think she may have been overly optimistic. While it may make for some great television exposure right now, in the long run (aka: next week) the news spotlight will be somewhere else and he will be out of a job.
When interacting with anyone, it is important to continue to be professional. This is especially true when one is leaving a job. Keeping a positive relationship is key as many industries are very tight-knit, and a bad reputation can hurt you long after you leave one firm for another.
Remember the catchphrase of Ron Burgundy (character played by Will Ferrell in Anchorman) –
Stay Classy San Diego. Good advice for all of us to follow.