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

As a letter, it was fairly straightforward.

Even as an "I Quit" letter, the words weren't entirely offensive.

There was no cursing. There was no personal invective.

Instead, it read: "I have chosen this type of paper for my 2 week resignation as a symbol of how I feel this company has treated me, and ironically, how it is disposed of is where I feel the company is going."

In this case, you see, the medium was the message. The resignation letter was written on toilet paper.

It was posted to Reddit by the man's wife and, of course, there's the slightest chance the tale is apocryphal.

Still, it brings up an important issue, one that isn't as simple as it may appear.

The conventional, alleged wisdom is that you should never burn bridges.

If you hate your job, find another, quit politely, shake hands, you never know when you might encounter these people again.

Yes, this seems sensible. More often than not, it is.

But not to have to benefit of at least little emotional relief, other than not having to see those people again, can be frustrating.

For all we know, this woman's husband had been severely mistreated and couldn't do anything about it.

Some companies really are corrosive, nasty places. Some companies are known to be corrosive, nasty places.

Some bosses are irredeemable nincompoops and mean-spirited with it. They think that's what makes them such a wonderful boss.

Exposing their nincompoopery in order to exact your own spiritual cleansing may not seem sensible to those who write corporate handbooks. But, in the long term, it may do you no harm at all. It might -- and, I say, just might -- do you good.

Catharsis is an underrated feeling, one that comes in many guises.

Moreover, showing emotion is one that corporate types seem only to approve of when it comes to ra-ra nonsense.

Too often, the advice given by business gurus is remarkably in tune with the exigencies of corporate life.

Do what the system tells you to do and you'll be fine.

Yet somehow, most of the interesting business books are written about those who did something different, insulted a fair few people along the way, raged, ranted and generally caused societal mayhem of small or large proportions.

They didn't just do the supposed right thing.

Why shouldn't this extend to quitting?

Think of the potential results of quitting in a dramatic fashion.

It might make you feel really, really good. You'll tell me that feeling will be temporary. No one can know for sure until you've done it.

And if you ask science, it'll tell you that revenge is an excellent way to make yourself feel much better.

Moreover, there might be many others in your office who wished they could quit with your courage and might be emboldened once they hear what you did.

Though I wouldn't necessarily suggest this particular, um, Charmin idea, telling your bosses what you really thought of them in a cutting -- or even dramatic -- fashion on the way out might even help those you left behind.

As one Redditor commenting revealed: "When I quit, they did an exit review and I told them all the things I felt they were doing wrong and some people that I thought were cancerous. They took it all seriously and fired 1 of the cancerous people and changed several of the things I recommended they change."

Some companies have a talent for doing things too late. Some HR people have a talent for trying to avoid responsibility for any stink whatsoever, preferring to allow mischief to continue until, say, the press gets hold of it.

I'm not specifically referring to any famous tech company when I say this.

Of course, when you quit you never know whether your next job will truly be any better. It could even be worse.

But if you're a reasonable judge of character, and if you really have suffered immeasurably in your job, it might be worth at least whispering in your boss's ear as you politely hand over your resignation letter: "I'm not sure Hell will even let you in."

Published on: Feb 27, 2017