NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Finding the courage to walk away from a job to pursue new opportunities can be one of the hardest challenges a worker can face. Not only can breaking the news to your manager be nerve-racking, but the way in which you resign can affect your professional reputation and follow you throughout your career.
According to a survey by the global staffing service OfficeTeam, 86% of human resources managers who were interviewed said that how an employee chooses to quit a job at least somewhat affects his future career opportunities.
"How you leave a job can be just as important as what you did while you were there, so it's important to leave on the best terms possible," says Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam. "If you quit a job in a rude or unusual way, people tend to remember that, and word about your antics can often make its way through the grapevine to a potential future boss."
Sometimes, though, workers choose to leave on their own terms—and the results can range from bizarre to downright hilarious. Here are the true stories of four workers who resigned from their jobs in unconventional ways. While we're not suggesting that you necessarily follow their example, we thought you might at least get a kick out of their experiences.