Want to quit your job, or have an employee who's just about to say goodbye? You're definitely not alone in that.

Regardless of what our bad experience was, or how exactly it affected us, we have all quit jobs--sometimes in ways that we aren't necessarily proud of. According to research recently published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, there are 7 different ways people quit their jobs. Do you recognize yourself in any of these 7 ways?

1. Avoidant

These people tell everyone but their own boss that they're planning to leave before they actually do. They talk to as many people as they can, coworkers, friends, family, and mentors, before finally informing their boss.

2. Bridge burning

Although it can be beneficial to our future careers to maintain as many positive connections as we can when leaving a job, a surprisingly amount of people feel comfortable with actually doing some damage on their way out. Bridge burners make a big scene before leaving--sometimes even insulting the boss or fellow coworkers on the way out.

3. In the loop

In this approach to quitting, employees let managers or employers know unofficially ahead of time that they are looking for other work, or planning to leave, before actually stepping down. They believe in giving their boss a heads up, no matter how small it might be.

4. Gratefulness

There are those who express gratitude so much--to the point of almost being excessive--that you begin to wonder why they're even leaving their jobs. These quitters will be the type that thank you a million times for all the opportunities you provided them in their time at the office.

5. Perfunctory

Surprisingly, there are some instances where the quitting employee never even divulges their reasons for leaving. They call a meeting with a manager, formally resign, but never disclose the motivation behind their departure.

6. Impulsive

Somehow, regardless of its surely dire consequences, many people end up quitting on an emotional impulse, leaving in the heat of a moment. They provide no notice to anyone else on the team, simply abandoning their job without communication or follow-up.

7. By-the-book

This one is the most typical way of quitting a job. In a by-the book departure, employees hold a meeting with a manager, explain their reasons for quitting, and hand in a normal resignation slip. No muss, no fuss.

Published on: Oct 13, 2016