Monday, July 17, 2006

10 Ways to End Your Career in Unforgettable Fashion

Office_comedy3 Brent Hunsberger at The Oregonian At Work blog links to this amusing article by BBC writer Sean Coughlan on the 10 things to do on the last day of your career.  The article was inspired by French soccer star Zinedine Zidane.

For those who have not been paying attention, Zidane, one of the top soccer players in the world who plays for France, ended his stellar career in the soccer World Cup final by viciously head butting an Italian opponent.

Here are a few of  my favorite how to leave work suggestions from Coughlan's list:

2. Leave a challenge for your successor. When President Bush's staff took over the White House they complained that the Ws were missing from the computer keyboards (as in George W Bush) and that an office had been renamed Office of Strategerie.

6. The Mozambique chardonnay has all been drunk at the leaving party, they're playing the get-your-coat-on music ... and that special co-worker is just about to say a final goodbye. But it's never, ever a good idea to tell someone you've worked with for 20 years that you love them. Life isn't a Christmas special edition of The Office. It's much more cruel.

10. That "exit" interview. This will be the first time you've come across the gleaming 20-storey office block occupied by floor upon floor of the "human resources" team. It's your big chance to tell them exactly... Are they listening? Hello?

The comments following the article also provides some hilarity about how people left their jobs including this one:

I once left a job and spent my last day wearing a summer dress and blue curly wig. (I'm 6' and a big guy). Lots of people took photos but the joke was ultimately on me as a year later I re-joined the company to find that picture on my desk!
Livzy, Bangor


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I certainly had a good laugh at that article; thanks for linking to it! I actually thought the real stories submitted by readers were much funnier. But that's usually the case, isn't it?

Posted by: TheBizofKnowledge | Jul 17, 2006 3:12:01 PM

the "W" story was a myth, as is now generally recognized. But it's still a good story.

Even funnier is the bit about how Clinton tried to kill Osama, and to successfully contain Saddam. Wasn't it funny how George W Bush reacted to that challenge?

Sorry, my lack of political humor has failed me again. Remind me: was it funnier the bit about Ken Lay, or the bit about war in Iraq? ;-)

On another note, this actually is a funny list, and I'm glad you shared it. :)

Eh N.

Posted by: Eh Nonymous | Jul 21, 2006 9:01:55 AM

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