Nailing The Dismount
After all, one can only put up with a bad job, bad coworkers, and/or bad boss so long before one gets really fed up and says "Screw it!!!" I'm always bewildered by those who write into Office-Politics.com and have put up with a bad work situation for (drum roll) YEARS and wonder how they can make it better. (It's called a "recurring pattern of behavior," Bucky... sloooowly step away from the employer.)
I've been amused by two stories that have made the news in the past couple of days. The first is Steven Slater of Jet Blue who got fed up with a passenger's disobedience, delivered a rant via the PA, grabbed some beer, and high-tailed it down the inflatable slide. The second is Jenny, who got fed up with her bad boss, and resigned via photos to her coworkers (in the process exposing her boss's Farmville addiction)... although I'm not sure how credible the latter story is, but it is hilarious nonetheless.
"Take this job and shove it!" never sounded so good... well, except for poor Steven who is now behind bars for his antics. Everyone has had a bad work situation from time to time. As I talked about yesterday, office bullies sometimes run rampant and unchecked. Some executives are utterly clueless. Silly rules of bureaucracy befuddle otherwise intelligent and rational individuals.
Still, your stint at a particular employer (or client, in my case) is a system. And your departure is the final piece of output. Losing it on the dismount is never a good thing... unless you are attempting a triple-quadruple-3/4-rotating-back-front-rotating-vertical-gravity-defying-death-cheating-Holy-Mary-mother-of-God-did-we-really-just-see-that flip. Then a less than perfect landing might be expected. I've had clients where I've left less than gracefully (but I've done it with my head held high for what I attempted to do while I was there), and I've dismounted some projects with a style and grace that would leave Shawn Johnson with her mouth gaping. How you depart is up to you. But be prepared to deal with the perceptions of others... that feedback loop can be like landing on concrete without padding if you're not careful.