How to Quit Your Job Without Being an Asshole

How fantastic would it be if we all could work a job that we absolutely loved?

No drama. No stress. No annoying ass coworkers. 


Since only a few people can actually admit they love their jobs and never want to leave, I want to speak to those who are looking for a way out. Now, this isn't going to be a "Join my team today if you hate your job" type of post. (If you've been in network marketing before, you know exactly what I'm talking about.) But, what I want to talk about is how to quit your job without being an asshole. 


I've seen alot of shit...

I've been in food service management for over 7 years now and I've seen a lot of things that I've grown to dislike. One thing that I absolutely hate is when employees quit with no advance notice. It's almost like they're afraid to talk to anyone about what going on, or they just don't give a damn. PLEASE DON'T BE THAT PERSON! If there's something going on or for some reason you are no longer able to work the job, please let a manager know immediately. Not all managers are assholes; most are willing to work with you. Especially if it's something they can do. 

But what if there's nothing that can be done? You've tried everything you could do, but you're still no longer able to keep your position with the company. First, decide how much time you have. Do you have to quit immediately or do you have time for your manager to hire someone else?


If you have to quit...

If you have to quit immediately, talk to your manager and let them know what's going on. Talking with management ensures that you leave on good terms. You never know if you'll want to come back to work for the company again. And never say never! I've seen MANY people abruptly quit because they thought they found a better opportunity somewhere else, only to be asking for their job back a few months later. Also, some companies call past employers to ask how you were as an employee. You would hate to miss out on a great, new job because that horrible job you never went back to had given them a heads up. 

If you have a little bit a time before you have to quit, your best bet would be to put in at least a two-week notice. This gives management time to cover your future shifts and find a replacement. Putting in a resignation notice is as simple as writing the following: 

To Whom It May Concern, 

I, (your name), am putting in my two-week notice. My last day of work will be (two weeks from the day of the letter). 

Thank you, 

(Your name) 

The time frame can be adjusted to however long or short you want. I would even recommend working until the last day of the pay period so that you won't have that awkward partial paycheck. That's just my own personal preference though! 

Either way, just make sure that your manager isn't left out of the loop when you stop showing up for work. If you're a good employee, they'll appreciate the service that you did while you were there and wish you well in your future endeavors. Good luck to you!