Threatening resignation is perhaps the most extreme and risky form of upward dissent expression. By comparison, one that employees tend to use far less often. But there are particular instances in which it surfaces.
It can occur when employees…
• believe they or their coworkers have been put in harm’s way
• experience a personal and egregious personal affront
• come to an impasse with their supervisor or management
Based upon one of the possibilities, compare and contrast the three case studies included in this unit’s supplemental materials.
When comparing the cases be sure to:
• clearly show how one (or a combination) of the above offenses that often cause people to threaten resignation (harm, identity affront, impasse) was apparent in each case
• consider and discuss how the reason for threatening resignation may lead to one’s actual resignation