Why I Quit my Job Strikes a Chord

Chances are you’ve heard of the 3,000-word blog posting “Why I Quit My Job” by Kai Nagata.24 year-old Kai Nagata was the former bureau chief for CTV news based in Quebec City.  His blog citing why he quit his job has become a sensation on the internet and has been discussed and debated on many media outlets.

The debate has mostly centered on the issues Mr. Nagata raised about the state of television journalism.

What fascinates me as much as the debate about journalism (which I think we need a lot more of) is just the simple notion of this young man quitting what many might consider to be a dream job. And quitting it in such a public way.

I  give Mr. Nagata huge points for recognizing that, for him, this was not his dream job. The job simply didn’t align with his values.

And I’d venture to say that as the years pass we’ll see more and more people quitting their “dream jobs” because of a lack of alignment with the person’s core value system. This is a good thing. Both for the individual and the organization.

And, owing to Facebook and You Tube and Twitter etc., I’m certain we’ll see a continual growth of  “why I quit my job” style postings. Something employers surely ought to be concerned about.

I’d guess that one of the reasons his blog resonated with so many people is that there are tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of employees out there right now fantasizing about how much they’d like to do the same thing as Kai Nagata, and fantasizing about what they’d actually write in a “Why I Quit My Job” rant.

Maybe what organizations need to do, as a way of tapping into their employees’ head spaces BEFORE it’s too late is have a  “Why I MIGHT Quit My Job” writing contest or section on their intranet site.

Which begs the questions, what WOULD you write in a “Why I Quit My Job” posting?And,  have you told your boss?

Michael Kerr, July 18, 2011, www.humoratwork,  www.inspiringworkplaces.com

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