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Last Updated on July 1, 2019
It’s not uncommon for people to leave their jobs, especially if they hate it. In fact, more than 2.7 million people voluntarily left their job at the end of 2015 and this trend will likely continue. After all, leaving a bad job is good for your physical, and more importantly, mental health. But England resident Sam Baines is heading back to college in the fall and he wanted to ensure he followed protocol when he gave his two-week notice.
While most would simply send an email or offer a letter explaining the situation, Sam Baines took a more creative route. Since he knew that his employers and coworkers would miss him, he gave his boss a condolences card to remember him by.
Luckily, his job took the news — and its format — well.
“I’ve been working here for almost a year now and had to hand my notice in as I’m going back to university this September,” Baines explained. “I knew my boss would find it funny, so I wasn’t worried about how they’d take it. I came up with the idea because I was always joking about how much they’d miss me when I was gone, then thought a condolences card would be the perfect way to finish it off. It went down great and helped make a positive from an otherwise sad situation.”
The front of the card reads “So very sorry for your loss” while the inside says “Thinking of you at this difficult time.” Above the text on the inside of the card, Baines let his boss know that July 28 would be his last day of work.
But his coworker knew that this opportunity was too good to pass up. Insider reports that the coworker posted the card on Twitter, which has since amassed 40,000 retweets and more than 210,000 likes on the social media platform. Whether users were using Twitter as a break from online courses or simply scrolling by at the end of the day, the post was impossible to miss.
But Baines’ post did more than just amuse a few thousand people online. He was able to inspire countless people from all over the world to share their resignation stories, both good and bad.
Many Twitter users shared pictures of going-away cakes and treats. One user even included a drawing of a dinosaur on their letter of resignation.
Best of all? One Twitter user said they did the same thing at their place of work — and with the exact same card.
While there are no laws again coming up with unique ways to quit your job, you should still approach the subject with caution and respect. After all, secure company records are among the top five concerns facing businesses today. Even though Baines had a good relationship with his coworkers, you never know if the stint might get you into trouble.
Whether you’re leaving your job because it’s for your own health, a new opportunity, or school, you might as well do it with a little fanfare.