There are lots of ways to quit a job. You can storm out, have a quiet meeting with your boss, or do something in between. Alternately, you can do what Marina Shifrin did and air your grievances at length in a YouTube video while dancing to Kanye West’s “Gone.”
Shifrin was getting increasingly frustrated with her job at Next Media Animation, which produces satirical animated videos based on news content. She was upset with the number of hours that she was working and what she viewed as a cynical obsession with traffic and quantity over content quality.
She said her boss, after she told him she was having trouble getting everything done, told her to “make deadlines, not art.”
Eventually she’d had enough, and decided to jump ship in a particularly creative fashion. Here’s her goodbye video:
She’s not the first to pull that kind of exit. A couple years ago, a flight attendant got himself arrested after quitting in a rampage that included cursing out passengers, grabbing a beer, and pulling an exit slide to get off an aeroplane. Of course, leaving in a cloud of media attention is not necessarily a smart career move, even if you’re a multi-millionaire ex-tech CEO like Andrew Mason rather than a relatively junior employee. Mason signed of as CEO of Groupon with a memo that was charming and humorous, but also seemed flippant given how badly his company was doing. Flash exits get notoriety and attention, but not necessarily the right kind.
Still, any work environment is made or broken by bosses who don’t just do their jobs, but actually seem like they care about you and the quality of your work. That’s especially true for jobs that require the sorts of long hours that Shifrin’s did.
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