#QuitYourJobin5Words Opens up Necessary Dialogue

That’s one way to do it!

So while I was away the Cool Kids decided to start hash tagging about all sorts of crazy things.

Of particular note was the fact that their jobs suck and that they’d love to tell their bosses off in the most hilarious ways possible. Other people just wrote out of frustration to relieve some internal pressure that they felt from unsatisfying labor.

Others just enjoy the humor of being able to tell their boss to fuck off.

But whatever the reasons, #QuitYourJobin5Words took off recently on Twitter where many people had some choice words for their bosses like, “Can’t work weekends or workdays.” and “I’m out for eternity leave” which is a pretty smart bit of wordplay in addition to being a great one-liner.

TIME had to advise people though that maybe quitting your job isn’t such a good idea:

Of course, there are drawbacks to quitting when you don’t have another job lined up… … If you want to quit, it might seem satisfying to get in one last dig at a colleague or your boss, but it’s really not advisable, and could result in an awkward moment if you have to contact them later… … ven if you’re not leaving your current gig to become a Broadway star, it’s always better not to burn bridges.

A few things:

  • It seems presumptuous that folks wouldn’t have a job lined up and even if you don’t, if you’re that confident that you can quit your job and do it in such a flashy way, you’ve probably got a decent skill set. I have in mind a programmer who has to deal with long hours doing some coding for a program they may not even agree with.
  • Following from that, if you have a good amount of skills or friends to lean on then it may not be all bad to never contact your boss again. Sometimes you just have a terrible boss who you don’t get along with and doesn’t get along with you (and makes little to no effort to try) and there’s really no point in referencing them.

I probably won’t end up using my current convenience store job as a reference given that my boss is a bit of a jerk and is pretty harsh on most of the employees. He threatened to cut my hours (which I need to pay rent) because I couldn’t understand him and didn’t realize he wanted me to refill the coffee cups.

So yeah, sometimes it’s just not worth it to reach out to past employees. Maybe burning bridges isn’t a good general rule but I don’t think it’s the case that you should never do it. Sometimes the opportunity is too great, the resources are on your side and no one likes your boss anyways.

And hey, if you’re lucky, telling off your boss will either inspire others to do the same or it may inspire your boss to loosen up a bit to future employees. But obviously that depends heavily on the work culture you are participating in and how you convey the message as well as how sympathetic your coworkers may be to the boss.

But regardless of whatever it does, it seems like these sorts of hashtag “movements” (for lack of a better word) tend to start necessary conversations about popular topics. Topics that aren’t always so in your face but are waiting for an  excuse to bubble to the surface for one reason or another.

Hell, even when people involved with this don’t dislike their job and are simply having fun with the hashtag, it shows how relatable the hashtag is and how much people can revel in struggles against power, even if only small and in jest. I think it speaks to a larger intuition that many of us share about how bosses tend to suck and we’d rather not have to deal with them.

And again, for those who merely participating and don’t necessarily share those feelings it seems likely to me that they at least recognize this emotion as valid and true. You don’t need to directly agree with something to see why other people see it the way they see it.

To pick a somewhat odd example, there are some people who I’d call “conventionally attractive” in that they tend to be seen as attractive by modern conventions. These conventions are obviously problematic but there are often logical and scientific reasons why we value certain things such as cuteness.

Which isn’t to say we shouldn’t still be critical of those things given that there are tons of sensible reasons why we hold plenty of prejudices. But that doesn’t mean we should still hold those prejudices up to as much scrutiny as possible and be as aware of them as possible so we can limit them and their effects on us.

In that way, this hashtag helps open up necessary dialogue on how we want to scrutinize our jobs and the work culture that’s around us. Sure, it’s in smaller and funnier ways as I said before but it’s at least a step from simply observing the fact that what we have in terms of a work culture is undesirable in many ways and shrugging our shoulders about us.

Not all forms of resistance are going to take place on the streets with big signs and dozens of protesters yelling about how jobs are an imprisoning institution in today’s economy. Sometimes change is going to come culturally through entertainment angles like media with hashtag movements that are mostly predicated on humor.

Humor is actually one of my favorite political tactics because it’s first and foremost disarming towards other people. Especially if you can be self-deprecating and let people know that you don’t take yourself completely seriously and can acknowledge you have a lot more to learn. It’s that sort of humor in particular that I think can really help any movement with changing the public’s perception on a given topic.

If y’all had any good Tweets or saw any, feel free to post them in the comments. I admit that I’m only catching the tail end of this hashtag but it sounds like it was a good one.

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