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How to Leave Your Job

Has a new cottage industry of “layoff etiquette” been born? In a column for The Big Money, Megan Hustard lays out the basics of the workplace goodbye email: “The standard goodbye e-mail is a model of outstanding impulse control, especially considering the nonstandard circumstances that surround many leave-takings today. … But the parting note that offers nothing but affirmation to (now-former) employer and employees seems ill suited to 2009—and more bloodless than it needs to be. Have we collectively grown so skittish that even those with legitimate grievances won't give voice to their dissatisfaction?”