Friday, January 30, 2015 was my last day working for Mercedes-Benz. I gave notice earlier in the month to provide ample notice, and over that time I have had some very interesting and heartfelt discussions with a number of people at work. There's something about being on the way out that seems to bring out a different level of openness in people; these have been some of the most genuine conversations I've had at work.
I'm sorry to disappoint, but this isn't going to be a gossip-ridden, rage-filled, bridge-burning online screed where I'll be quoting chapter and verse a litany of offenses (both real and imagined) against me. I have been very fortunate and still can't believe I had this opportunity to have, in my humble opinion, one of the coolest jobs you could have as a UX designer.
However, since we're on the subject of resignations, I've both witnessed and heard of some epic ones. A few of them have even come up in some of my conversations. After one discussion about a particularly messy resignation that we had seen, my colleague said, "It must have taken some balls to quit that way."
There is a very small part of me that wonders what it's like to have a newsworthy exit, like that Jet Blue flight attendant's epic meltdown followed by the inflatable emergency slide to infamy, but thankfully the rest of me doesn't listen.
I don't think that leaving in such a way is actually courageous. It takes more courage to deliver bad news yourself, to be honest while still being responsible, and to leave in a way that treats everyone with the respect they deserve. I haven't always done the courageous thing, but now that I know better, I wish I did.
Thank you to my colleagues across the world for the opportunity and privilege of being a part of the team for the past two years. I am proud of the work we did, but even more proud of the way in which we did it. I had some amazing experiences and got to participate in some awesome things, and I'm a better person for it.
Dankeschon & Auf Wiedersehen!