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Have a funny way to say 'I'm outta here'? Here are some people who did. But we don't advise it.

Do you really hate your job or your boss — or both? If so, you’ve probably envisioned quitting your job in a memorable way. But before you tell your boss what a jerk he is or just stop showing up to work, remember: the way you leave a job matters.

According to a new survey from staffing service OfficeTeam, nearly 9 in 10 human resources managers said a rude resignation could hurt your chances of getting a job in the future.

“How you quit a position can leave a lasting impression, so make sure to exit on the best terms possible,” said Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam. “Doing a great job when you start a new role is expected. Doing a great job as you leave cements your reputation for professionalism.”

Still, some workers want to leave an impression (no matter how bad) when they leave. HR managers recounted to OfficeTeam some of the worst ways employees have quit their jobs. Here are some examples:

  • “The worker threw a brick through the window with the words ‘I quit’ written on it.”
  • “One person quit via Facebook.”
  • “An employee baked a cake with her resignation letter written on top.”
  • “One person made his wife call to say he was not coming back.”
  • “The employee said she was stepping out to buy new boots, but was never seen again.”
  • “One employee bragged to his colleagues that it was his last day, but failed to let the HR manager or his boss know.”

Now you know what not to do when you leave a job. But if you do plan on quitting your job, experts recommend talking to your boss in person and giving at least a two-week notice.

I’ve had my share of terrible jobs, and even worse bosses. But I’ve managed to hold my tongue and leave on good terms. I figured that’s the best way to assure that my former managers give me a positive recommendation, should I need to use them as a job reference in the future.

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