Some Workers Have Weak Excuses for Quitting

May 11, 2012 ( – You would think with the weak economy, workers would be doing all they can to hang on to their jobs.

However, a new survey shows some workers must not be too worried about the job market, because they had weak or weird excuses for quitting.  

A survey from OfficeTeam reveals the wackiest reasons job seekers have given for handing in their notice, including: 

  • “Someone left because her boss lost the dog she had given him.” 
  • “Our employee said he was joining the circus.”  
  • “One person left because she lost her cell phone too many times at work.” 
  • “We had someone quit to participate in a reality show.” 
  • “An employee said it was his routine to change jobs every six months.” 
  • “A guy said he was making too much money and didn’t feel he was worth it.” 
  • “One person left because she didn’t want to work so hard.” 
  • “An individual said he was bored.” 
  • “Someone quit because she was going to live off her trust fund.” 
  • “An employee said work was getting in the way of having fun.” 
  • “A person quit because informal dress was not allowed.” 
  • “The worker told us he just couldn’t get up in the morning.” 

Some individuals left for a different calling:  

  • "One worker left to become an apple farmer." 
  • "A staff member quit to climb Mount Everest." 
  • "There was an individual who left to play the trombone." 
  • "An employee wanted to enter a beauty contest." 
  • "One worker quit to join a rock band." 


Other employees suffered from sensory overload:  

  • "He quit because he didn't like the way the office smelled." 
  • "One employee didn't enjoy the cafeteria food." 
  • "An individual did not like the sound of file cabinets being slammed." 


And others didn’t like the interior design of the workplace: 

  • "A person quit because he hated the carpet." 
  • "One worker did not like the colors of the walls." 
  • "The employee quit because the office building was unattractive." 
  • "Someone felt the lobby area was too small." 
  • "She hated the lighting in the building." 


A day off might have sufficed for workers who gave the below reasons for quitting:   

  • "One person quit to watch a soccer tournament." 
  • "We had someone leave because he had to stay home to feed his dog." 
  • "An employee left because he wanted to watch a movie with his girlfriend during work hours." 


The survey was developed by OfficeTeam, and is based on telephone interviews with more than 1,300 senior managers at companies with 20 or more employees in the U.S. and Canada.