Video is latest chapter in the Book of Epic Resignations – and the company responds with its own video
By Todd Humber
Update: Next Media Animation has responded to the resignation video that went viral. You can view both videos below.
Who doesn’t love a good resignation story?
Over the years, we’ve seen plenty of bizarre resignations. One of my personal favourites is Stephen Slater, the JetBlue employee who quit his job by opening the plane door and sliding down an emergency chute to unemployment. As far as I’m concerned, he wrote the book on epic resignations.
Then there was the grocery store worker at Whole Foods in Toronto who added a new chapter when he sent his resignation letter to the entire company. The 2,300 word diatribe was posted on Gawker.com, and was viewed hundreds of thousands of times.
“My experience at Whole Foods was like an increasingly sped up fall down a really long hill,” he wrote. “That got rockier with every metre. And eventually, just really spiky… with fire, acid and Nickleback music.”
You can read his entire diatribe on Gawker. As resignation letters go, it’s a doozy.
The most recent — and perhaps the most entertaining— addition to the Epic Book on Resignations was written by Marina Shifrin, an American who worked at Next Media Animation in Taiwan. She produced a slick YouTube video to let her boss know she was headed for the exit.
An interpretative dance set to the tune of Kanye West’s Gone, it has nearly 5.5 million views — and counting.
In it, Shifrin busts a move while text rolls by on the screen. “It’s 4:30 a.m. and I am at work,” the text reads. “I work for an awesome company that produces news videos. For almost two years, I’ve sacrificed my relationships, time and energy for this job. And my boss only cares… about quantity and how many views each video gets. So I figured… I’d make one video of my own. To focus on the content instead of worry about the views. Oh, and to let my boss know… (dance break)… I quit. I QUIT! I’m gone.”
Check out the video below. Shifrin has some pretty good dance moves to boot.
Todd Humber is the managing editor of Canadian HR Reporter, the national journal of human resource management. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.hrreporter.com for more information.
The epic resignation video
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