Ethics Hero: The Florida Senate

Let us take a moment out of our hectic holiday schedule to say thanks to the Florida State Senate, which loudly and visibly re-affirmed ist rejection of one of my least favorite workplace traditions: the fake resignation.

 Broward County’s embattled supervisor of elections Brenda Snipes announced that she would resign her post effective January 4, announcing her departure after the November midterm elections had exposed, not for the first time, that she was a blithering incompetent who should have been fired long ago.  But then Governor–and Senator-Elect— Rick Scott suspended her late last month, citing “misfeasance, incompetence and neglect of duty.  Snipes announced that she was rescinding her decision to step down.

The Florida Senate has the authority to remove an official from office or reinstate them under the state’s constitution, but  the upper chamber’s general counsel, in a memo, determined that Snipes tried to take back her decision too late and that her resignation was permanent. Senate President Bill Galvano sent a memo to members last week confirming that her “Never mind!” was a non-starter.


This has nothing to do with Snipes’ well-established ineptitude. I’ve had personal experiences with “I quit!”/”I was just upset, I didn’t mean it!” in multiple settings. Every single time I have told the regretful employee, who was inevitably trying to use a resignation for leverage, “Sorry. Resignations are final.” In every such case, the employee was shocked, acting as if they had been fired with out cause. No, they had been in essence fired for cause, or more accurately, not re-hired because of their reliability, character and conduct. I have also replied to threats to quit, as in “If you don’t do it my way, then I resign!,” with a curt. “Fine. I won’t, and I want your resignation on my desk.”

Let’s call it “The Snipes Rule.” If you quit a job,  and you want it back, you have the same standing as any other candidate for your old position, except only you showed the dishonesty and bad judgment to quit when you either didn’t mean in, or hadn’t thought it through. That puts you at the end of the line.

“I wish you well in your future endeavors.”


7 thoughts on “Ethics Hero: The Florida Senate

  1. We don’t allow take-backs, either. In the early days of running a business (and thinking of going through the interview process again) we did, we’d give them a second chance but they would always quit within a few months anyway. No one we gave a second chance to is with us now, and so we no longer try to convince people not to leave.

  2. The worse thing I ever did was allow an employee who quit on my come back, she was majorly counterproductive. Leading to many of my businesses problems, she quit in response to my criticism, I should have stuck too my guns. It is hard to not try to mend fences!

  3. This year,a big chunk of my reading has focused on the Gilded Age (from Grant to around McKinley). It’s always so satisfying to read about the NY State Legislature refusing to re-elect Roscoe Conkling after he resigned from the US Senate in a huff over Garfield’s plans to reform the civil service.

  4. While I do not think that the attempt to rescind her resignation was based upon anything but protecting her outrageous pension, I agree that taking back someone who would threaten to quit is a mistake.

    It is manipulation, or shows one to be intermerate. Either makes for a poor employee.

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