For a couple of days now, everyone has been buzzing about this chick who quit her job by making a her own dance video to Kanye West’s “Gone.”
Marina Shifrin has some pretty good dance moves. And she is definitely creative. Seriously though, trashing your boss on the way out the door is a definite no-no. Sure, you’ll get 7 million page views on You Tube, but unless you want to become a dancer, think twice about this kind of exit. As we saw in the case of an Ohio man who made a video taped confession that he killed a man, after the initial social media blitz, people in authority may not value your creative expression. Translation: It may backfire in a big way.
Employers run Google searches on prospective employees. Who’s going to hire you after a stunt like this? Based on what Marina expressed in her video, she works for a great company that makes news videos. Yet after nearly two years on the job (wow, that’s a really long time to be in a thankless job) her boss doesn’t appreciate her and only cares about page views. Ms. Shifrin: Meet the real world. Bosses don’t always appreciate the work you do. And guess what? The boss is supposed to worry about pesky things like page views if that’s how the company makes its money.
It’s one thing to complain about your boss to a few co-workers; everyone does that. But creating an “I quit” video takes it to a whole other level.
Here’s some free advice to others who may be thinking about stunt like this: you might not want to torch that bridge. One day you may need to cross it again. Just saying…
Turns out Shifrin’s boss has a sense of humor. Yesterday he and some of her former co-workers posted their own video response to her “I quit” video, once again to the tune of Kanye’s “Gone”. If you can make it through their terrible dance moves, the closing line is classic.
See it here: