Speak up or shut up – How do you make a graceful exit?

Jul 21 , 2011 · By
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Career CoachingRemember a year ago when the JetBlue flight attendant jumped out of the plane on the inflatable escape slide…and by doing so how he made such a public spectacle of his unhappiness at work and reasons for leaving his job.

I was reading about the departure of Richard “Chip” Lutton Jr. who’s been Apple’s chief patent officer who up to this moment, hasn’t cited reasons for his departure.

What’s more appropriate? How do you know when to cite your reasons for leaving to your boss (or even more publicly like the JetBlue employee did) versus keeping your mouth shut? If you do keep your mouth shut about bad things happening at your workplace, are you somehow doing your employer a dis-service by not letting them know something’s going on?

Where do we draw the line? I think part of it lies of course in how we define “bad things” – whether they’re unethical, or simply not a fit for us personally. Tell us what you think in the comment box.

Hallie Crawford
Certified Career Coach

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  1. Dr. Cris Green says:

    As far as unethical happenings, I believe it is appropriate to go to your boss and let them know a person is going against company policy that can hurt the client, customers, or company. I believe a person’s character is very important at work, home, with friends and in life. A good character defines a person and will do them well in life because you will gain trust and respect from the people around you. With a good character, comes success in life and a peaceful mind.

    If you are not happy at work, my suggestion is to go to the boss and let them know your interests and goals and ask your boss if there are any opportunities in the near future. If you see something you could improve upon, ask your boss if he/she would give you that responsibility. In other words, seek for opportunities around you and do not wait for them to come to you.

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