In May, the number of U.S. workers quitting their jobs are at the highest level since 2001, according to new data released from the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics on August 8.
It seems that lately more people are feeling confident that they will find another job shortly after quitting a previous one. Or better yet, employees are quitting their day jobs to start their own companies.
But for some introverted employees, saying sayonara to an intimidating boss sounds more stressful than just staying put in a miserable job.
That's where the Tokyo-based startup Senshi S LLC comes in to save the day. Co-founders Yuichiro Okazaki and Toshiyuki Niino created a special service through their company called Exit that submits resignation notices to employers for its stressed-out clients.
"Quitting jobs can be a soul-crushing hassle," Niino told Japan Times on Aug. 28. "We're here to provide a sense of relief by taking on that burden."
Launched last year, Senshi's Exit service submits the resignation letters to employers for a one-time fee of ¥50,000 ($450) for full-time employees and ¥40,000 ($360) for part-time workers.
Repeat clients who have a hard time quitting more than one job can get a ¥10,000 ($90) discount.
To use Exit, clients fill out an online request. Once it is accepted and the fee is paid, Exit contacts the employer and notifies them of the client's wish to resign.
Exit can also contact the employer for the necessary paperwork to quit, but will not handle issues that require the attention of a lawyer, like haggling over final severance packages.
Before you balk at the idea of coughing up $450 to hire someone else to quit for you, keep in mind that leaving a company--sometimes after being there for years--can feel like a daunting task.
And there are plenty of people who can't bring themselves to confront an abusive supervisor or an impersonal Human Resources department.
In just one year, Senshi has already sent out resignations on behalf of roughly 700 to 800 clients who wish to join other companies for higher pay and better working conditions.
The service is only available in Japan, but perhaps Senshi's ingenuity will inspire entrepreneurs to create a similar service here in the States for people who don't have the courage to quit their job in style.