Having worked as a tech journalist for a number of years, and personally loving technology and how it has improved my life and work, I'm still flabbergasted to learn that a slight acquiantance resigned from her job by SMS.
The resignation was with immediate effect.
As far as I know, there was no bad blood between the employer and employee. There hadn't been a major scene at work that would result in the on-the-spot resignation.
The employee simply landed a better job, and instead of serving the usual notice period, send an SMS to her senior saying she decided to leave immediately.
My mind is still trying to wrap itself around what I would say if I was resigning by SMS. Maybe: "Sorry Jack. Won lotto. Resigning . Immediate effect."
I've had an employer or two who made resignation by SMS an attractive proposition. But I've always thought that action like that would later come back to bite me on the ass.
Would a new employer actually take me on knowing that I have no qualms about leaving my current employer in a lurch? Doesn't such a behaviour show how the new employer will be treated when the next big offer comes along?
Which brings me to my original question: would you resign from a job, assignment or project by SMS? Under what conditions would you do it?