Ever lost your cell phone one too many times at work? Bet it made you want to quit, didn’t it?
Well, maybe not. But losing a cell phone too many times at work was one of the offbeat reasons for quitting a job, according to a survey by staffing services company OfficeTeam.
Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam, says this survey topic was particularly interesting because as the market heats up there could be room for people to move from one job to another.
Some of the reasons had to do with an employee looking to fulfill their dreams:
• “An employee wanted to enter a beauty contest.”
• “A staff member quit to climb Mount Everest.”
• “Our employee said he was joining the circus.”
• “One worker left to become an apple farmer.”
Some were very honest about their feelings:
• “An individual said he was bored.”
• “Someone quit because she was going to live off her trust fund.”
• “One person left because she didn’t want to work so hard.”
• “A guy said he was making too much money and didn’t feel he was worth it.”
Some were simply overburdened by the sights, sounds and smells of the office:
• “He quit because he didn’t like the way the office smelled.”
• “One worker did not like the colors of the walls.”
• “An individual did not like the sound of file cabinets being slammed.”
• “A person quit because he hated the carpet.”
Other miscellaneous reasons:
• “An employee said it was his routine to change jobs every six months.”
• “Someone left because her boss lost the dog she had given him.”
• “One person quit to watch a soccer tournament.”
• “One employee didn’t enjoy the cafeteria food.”
So exactly how honest should a person be if an employer inquires on the reason for leaving?
“It’s important to be as honest as you can be, but be constructive as well,” Hosking says. “To say you don’t like the carpet, that’s kind of frivolous. You can be honest in a way that is constructive.”
Remain professional as you leave a job, Hosking says, because you never know when you might need a reference.
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