Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek. 

Ever had those days when you've just had enough?

How about those weeks when you've just had enough?

And years?

It seems clear from Sydney Hardy's resignation letter that he was in the years category.

What some might find odd, however, is that he was the managing director of the Nippy Bus Company in Somerset, England. 

And the reason he'd had enough, he said, was his employees.

So his pungent resignation email was simultaneously their email of dismissal.

"I have had enough and realize I cannot work with you, the people I employ, a moment longer," he wrote.

He added, with some force: "There comes a time in any relationship when you just have to say 'F*** it', say goodbye and move on. This is my time!"

You can imagine him sitting -- perhaps late at night, perhaps with a tincture close by -- penning these last words. 

What could his employees have possibly done to make him so miserable? Because he makes it very clear that he simply cannot stand them.

"I am quitting to pursue my dream of not having to work here," he wrote.

Oddly, his employees didn't consider him a loud and boorish man. They did concede, however, that they didn't have a good relationship with him.

Some might even admire the fact that Hardy admitted he'd reached his breaking point. 

Then again, his note reeks of raving egotism. Yes, this might be his time to move on. Why did it have to be his employees' time to get a punch in the gut?

Couldn't he have made sane preparations before making his regal exit?

He treated his staff badly. Suddenly emailing to fire them all was unconscionable.

But at least he quit. At least he made a decision not to tolerate the discomfort any longer. 

How many bosses don't?

How many continue for the money and the pension and the fear that there's nothing on the other side?  

By doing so, how many people are made even more miserable in the process?

Perhaps Hardy will regret the way he behaved. One can hope. Perhaps his employees will all find better jobs and be glad to not work for him anymore. One can hope that even more.

Indeed, one of his drivers, Dave English, told the Daily Mail: "He knew months ago that the company was in trouble in terms of the number of drivers we had. Everyone was doing long shifts, but he just expected us to do them. The memo makes it out that it's the drivers' fault that this has happened, but without us he would never have had his company."

Nor, apparently, his vacations in Thailand and elsewhere.

You might wonder what his family thinks of what he did.

I suspect one of his daughters might not to be too pleased. She worked for Nippy Bus.

Published on: Nov 3, 2017
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