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

Remember 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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