What does your “I quit” letter look like?

33 thoughts on “What does your “I quit” letter look like?”

  1. Great letter. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Not all of these things match my situation but most of them do. I haven’t given up hope as I cling to the upside of what I enjoy at work… but there are definitely days where something like this letter comes to mind.

    1. Thanks FTF. Yup, some days, more of that letter applies than others – even in my line of work. But on the whole, it applies more often than not…

  2. That was awesome! I truly hope I have the chance to hand in a similar letter. THe majority of what you mentioned are realities in my job as well. Constantly changing, sometimes not focused on moving in one collective direction leading to disjointed processes and unclear vision and strategy.

  3. Enjoyable read and understand this was a fictional letter. Did you provide an actual letter when you resigned? If so, what did that look like? Similar?

    1. Actually, no. No letter. I called a spoke to my boss instead of writing a letter. I was polite and professional, and to my boss’s credit, he was too. It was all good.

  4. Man…I guess I should stop talking about the stupid things my kid did yesterday and my Costco trip…thanks for the heads up! It must be fun to go back in time and read this. For me, pointless meetings are the absolute worse. That is why when I switched jobs/companies I have purposefully avoided administrative work to the largest amount possible. A second pet peeve is doing a task for someone the way they wanted it only to be told later that they actually meant they wanted it another way. Just be clear the first time! Don’t waste my time.

    1. Exactly – don’t waste my time. The communication gap between folks who need things done, and those folks who are actually capable of getting it done, is way too large. 🙁

  5. Ohhhh, I … I love this. Yessss. There are so many things about our corporate culture that are infuriating and insanity-inducing. In fact, I’m about to go into a meeting that I know will make me want to scream. I would give anything to be able to turn in this letter and walk out. 😉 But! My FU money fund isn’t big enough yet. Drat!

  6. Funny stuff, and true enough in the legal industry. I’m lucky in my role that I look forward to coming in every day and working with people with whom I actually spending time. But, I also understand that is a minority position. For those who want to basically end their work lives by “calling bullshit”, that letter is a way to do it with class. I guarantee you that your boss agreed with every point, even if she could not admit it publicly.

    1. Yup…public and private personas are so different. It’s always interesting to pick the brains of your superiors outside of work…and perhaps over drinks. 🙂

  7. Muhahahah. Oh boy. If I didn’t laugh I would have to cry.

    My suggestion for meetings is a word quota. At the start of every hour long meeting ever person has a say 5000 word quota. When you’ve said 5000 words, no matter what, you can’t speak any more. I think if there was a cost associated with speaking, people would weigh their words more and speak only when they had something valuable to add. I don’t understand why folks aren’t flocking to implement my word quota. Sigh.

  8. Haha, I was expecting a semi-serious letter, but this was hilarious! I was laughing the whole way… how true! I’ll have to share this with Mr. Adventure Rich. Who knows, maybe we’ll write our own some day 😉
    ~Mrs. Adventure Rich

  9. This is incredible. I love the snark.

    You do hit on some very major pain points though; many of which most folks who have worked in Corporate America likely have experienced more than once in their career.

    I don’t really have a good letter to write. I’m a consultant right now, working a 6-month contract. I have no qualms sticking it out there, and it’s easy to just not find work after that period should I so choose.

    My wife, on the other hand…I’ve written letters for her plenty of times. 🙂 Her work situation’s pretty bad.

  10. HAHAHA. I literally laughed out loud. There were was so much in this letter that hit home… In all fairness I feel I must present this information back to my manager, using Powerpoint in a meeting during lunch while eating pizza…

  11. You pretty much nailed that one Steve. It was very entertaining to read…I wonder if you actually used that letter when you gave your notice! 😉

    Probably not, but I would have loved to see the look on your boss’s face if you did!

  12. My letter would have almost no complaints. I’m in the unique situation of having no commute, no office politics, no meetings, some travel, a great boss, no micromanagement, no overtime. It’s nearly the perfect job – yet I cannot wait to leave. Why? Because I want my FREEEEEEDOMMMMMMM!!!!!

  13. When I think of the performance appraisal process, the old Dirty Harry movie comes to mind when Harry is told he’s being reassigned to Human Resources. His reply was, “Personnel is for assholes.” The whole evaluation process was a huge waste of time, everyone knew it, but nothing was ever done about it. Most people, after being evaluated, stuck their hard copies in a drawer somewhere never to be looked at again. Those of us in leadership would usually hand the evaluations to the staff, ask them to read it and then sign it – all the while praying someone didn’t raise a stink about being rated a 3 instead of a 4 on some worthless essential function that probably didn’t apply to anything they actually did during the course of their work day. The evaluation form, of course, was a one-size-fits-all form that required us to give scores on job duties not applicable to every person being evaluated. Jeez I don’t miss those days.

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