Artigo para estudo: Some frustrated workers quit in weird ways
By Laura Petrecca, USA TODAY
In late August, Joey DeFrancesco fulfilled the fantasy of many a disgruntled worker: He quit in an incredibly outlandish fashion.
The 23-year-old sneaked members of a brass band into the Providence hotel where he worked and had them strike up a lively Serbian folk song just as he turned in his resignation letter. DeFrancesco posted a video of the dramatic resignation on YouTube in mid-October.
In the weeks since, he has garnered a chorus of cheers from the discontented working class. The video has been viewed more than 2.8 million times. It has more than 20,000 “likes” and more than 4,600 comments such as “I would have so loved to do that to a few of my employers!”
DeFrancesco joins a growing list of workers who have exited their jobs in an extravagant manner. They include a wide range of employees from an array of professions, including fast-food workers, journalists, salespeople, even a tech company CEO.
While some people have a natural penchant for all things dramatic, including giving notice, many of these over-the-top resignations come from frustrated workers who’ve reached a boiling point. “Many people are doing twice the work with half the resources,” says Anne Kreamer, author of It’s Always Personal: Emotion in the New Workplace. “They feel overwhelmed and undervalued. … It comes to a point where they just want to open their doors and shout out, ‘I just can’t take it anymore!’”
It’s easy to see why folks may want to go out swinging, says human resources consultant Peter Ronza. Yet, it’s usually a bad idea.An extreme exit can show bad judgment, and word can quickly spread to a potential employer, especially via social media. “Have a target of your boss at home that you use a paint gun on” to get frustrations out, he says. “But your presence at work is your brand. It’s what you’re going to carry on to your next employer.”
Still, he acknowledges that it’s tough to stay tranquil when burdened with an ever-increasing workload. “It just beats a person down,” he says.
Four in 10 employees say their work stress level has increased in the last six months, according to a CareerBuilder survey from late this summer. Two in 10 feel burned out. (USA TODAY parent Gannett is a part owner of CareerBuilder.)
More than half of workers say they have more responsibilities than at the start of the 2007 recession, with 70% saying they have not gotten a pay increase to compensate for the added work, according to a survey from employee support services provider Workplace Options.
Many workers simply feel like “an anonymous cog in a wheel,” says Kreamer.
A minute of joy, but…
The combination of workplace frustrations and social-media tools might make a public resignation difficult to resist. But workplace experts caution that a few moments of satisfaction aren’t worth the long-term ramifications. “While flashy and attention-getting antics may be tempting as a way to feel avenged or make a point as you leave a job, they put your future job prospects at risk,” says career coach Barbara Babkir. “Employers search Google and scour LinkedIn and Facebook profiles for reasons why they should or should not hire job candidates. They are not likely to look favorably on people who go public with their negative campaigns against past employers.”
DeFrancesco, who has a new job with a company that doesn’t want to be disclosed, says he doesn’t have second thoughts about bringing in the band. “I don’t have any regrets,” he says. He worked at the hotel for slightly more than three years, most recently in room service. He had been vocal about his discontent, so he didn’t worry about ruining his chance for a good job reference. “I had already burned my bridges long before I did this by speaking up,” he says.
The marching band, in which he plays trumpet, has an affinity for the “unconventional” and was looking for a forum to do something unusual, he says. Giving notice was an ideal opportunity for the band to do that, as well as for him to “do something big to get one last shot at (management).”
DeFrancesco says he also wanted to highlight the poor working conditions of the hotel, which he says included long hours and little respect for employees. “It’s tied to workers’ rights,” he says. On Monday, he announced the creation of a new website — JoeyQuits.com — where hotel employees can share their own workplace issues.
Marriott, which franchises the Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel where he worked to a separate franchise company that operates it, sent this statement to USA TODAY: “We take employee satisfaction very seriously as a company — creating a sense of community and pride within our hotels is a top priority. … While this is an unfortunate way for an employee to resign, we are confident that hotel management works closely with staff to continue to find ways to make the hotel a rewarding place to work for everyone.”
DeFrancesco says “it’s a mild concern” about how future employers will react to his exit. He did wait until his current job was secured before posting the resignation video on YouTube.