New Study Shows 51 Percent Quit in Ways That Leave Bad Impression

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Oct 6, 2016

A new study has found that a little more than half of employees resign in a way that leaves a negative impression--51 percent--and of that figure, a further 15 percent leave in a way that could actually damage the company and the former-employee's relationships with those within it, according to an article in FastCompany

The study consisted of interviews with 53 MBA students who'd recently quit their jobs, 202 supervisors who had overseen a resignation within the last three months; surveys of 240 former employees on how their thoughts and feelings toward their former employer informed their decision on how they would resign; and a study of how about 500 managers responded to various resignation styles and scenarios, according to FastCompany. 

What the study found was that while 48 percent of employees resigned in a way that left a positive impression, 36.2 percent did not, and a further 14.9 percent did so in a way that could be potentially damaging to the employer. 

In terms of how people quit, the survey also found that 31 percent of resignations are no-nonsense affairs with your standard meeting, notice time and explanation. 23.5 percent did the same, save that they had a much shorter meeting and did not give an explanation. 10 percent expressed gratitude and offered to help with the transition period. 8.6, however, actively burn bridges by looking to quit in a way that harms the organization, usually by being insulting. 

Not everyone is so direct, though. The study also found that 12.7 percent will tell people other than their boss that they plan to quit and let the news filter through the grapevine, though 7.9 percent tell their boss that they eventually plan to quit before making a formal resignation. 

Finally, 6.3 percent just get up and leave, which FastCompany notes can leave the company in a bit of a lurch. 

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