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Take this job and shove it?

Surely you’ve been hearing quite a bit about Steven Slater this week.  He’s the fed-up Jet Blue flight attendant who, in a blaze of dramatic glory, quit his job and jumped down his plane’s emergency chute after a confrontation with a fussy customer.  Coincidentally, I received an email this week about this girl, who had her own epic job-quitting-moment via an email to her entire office that revealed that her boss played Farmville nearly 20 hours per week.  Although I do find both incidents amusing (alright, hilarious), I’ve noticed that many news organizations and bloggers have been categorizing these disgruntled workers as a “heroes” (see this article in the Huffington Post).  I think the term hero is a bit strong.     

Who hasn’t had a daydream about their own spectacular meltdown?  Mine was never quite as creative as these two, but nonetheless got me through some rough days at the office.  The fact is that most workers do not act on the fantasy.  This means that most workers either have the good sense not to, or, more likely, are too chicken to act on their impulses.

‘Job’ is a four-letter word.  ‘Ambidextrous’ is a twelve-letter word, but that’s not important right now.

A job shouldn’t be painful 100% of the time, but it doesn’t have to be fun 100% of the time either.  For this reason a job may often be referred to as ‘work,’ whose definition is as follows:

To exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity.

For most people the necessity of making money to support their lifestyles is reason enough not to take their job and ‘shove it’ only God knows where. 

Are you serious or are you just venting? 

Almost everyone complains about their job every now and then (if you don’t, let me tell you right now, nobody likes you, you happy-go-luckier you).  It’s a workplace past-time; it creates drama, tension and intrigue; it’s why Office Space and Dilbert are so popular.  If you truly hate your job and you’ve given your decision it’s due care (as the aforementioned email-quitter really seems to have), then, by all means, quit.  An impulsive decision, like jumping out of an airplane, however, can be followed closely by regret and/or prison time.  I recommend asking yourself these three questions to help you decide:

  1. Will my method of quitting result in my going to prison?
  2. Will I really be happier at another job?
  3. Will I even be able to find another job?


Don’t go burning bridges, You’ll catch more flies with honey than with vinegar, I got a million of these.

There is another reason why most people don’t act out the office-tirade they’ve rehearsed in their heads: a good reference.  Chances are you won’t get one of these if you tell the boss what you really think of his mandatory Saturdays.  So, not only will your time at this job have been miserable, it will also have been wasted. 

Word gets around.  Do you think email-quitter thought she would be around the internet in just a few days?  Consider what potential employers would think if they got wind of you being a loose cannon.   

Article publié pour la première fois le 18/08/2010