Career Path for Hitting the Slide

We have a new term for those who dramatically quit their jobs, thanks to the JetBlue flight attendant, Steven Slater: “Hit the Slide!” With so many people picking up the work of 3-4 or more jobs that have been eliminated, the frustration and stress levels are very high in many organizations.  Who doesn’t want to yell at the top of our lungs, “Enough is enough!” ?  Whether you post whiteboard messages on you tube, yell profanities and storm out, or dance on your desk (noted as one of most embarrassing acts) it is quite cathartic, but can hugely effect your reputation.  Here are some potential future career paths:

1) Your employer sees how they have wronged you, begs you to return and offers huge salary increase (Do you really want to return to what drove your nuts?)

2) You are denied unemployment and references when you look for a new job

3) Your reputation precedes you via social networks  and recruiters avoid you like the plague

4) No one responds to your job applications or other work related requests

5) You get picked up for the speaker circuit by an enterprising agent and maybe even get a book deal out of it

6) You become a [business fill-in-the-blank] consultant

7) Become next contestant on “So You Want to be A Chef” and make a total career change

For others who have made dramatic job exits, what’s been your experience?

One thought on “Career Path for Hitting the Slide

  1. Excellent read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on that. And he actually bought me lunch because I found it for him smile So let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch!

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