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Be ready to back up your threat to quit your job
Harrison, the Pro bowl linebacker from the Pittsburgh Steelers defense,
was quoted in 2010 as saying he would consider retiring from the NFL
because of a fine he received for a particular tackle he made on an
opponent. Most people didn't take his statement seriously, but this threat
to quit football was newsworthy enough that the entire football world was
talking about it.
There are employees who make demands or threaten to quit their jobs for a variety of reasons. Perhaps they're trying to bring attention to a particular issue they're not happy with. Maybe they believe leaving their job will bring negative attention to a boss they don’t like. Perhaps the reason for quitting is that there hasn't been any advancement or pay increases. Regardless of the reason, the person making the threat needs to be sure of a couple things prior to making any statements.
Consider the word “threaten”. There's always the chance, that when faced with an
ultimatum, an employer may believe it's in their best interest to just let you
go. Also, it would be wise to make sure you have a guaranteed source of income
to fall back on before making such statements. Additionally, even if you decide
to stay, how will your threat be viewed in the future? Will your loyalties be
questioned? How will your statements change the dynamic between you and your
employer? Will your employer continue to look at you with favor?
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