You may have had employees leave your IT teams because they felt there wasn't any more room for growth, or because they sought a different kind of work/life balance. Some want higher salaries. Or have a burning passion to watch a soccer game. Yes, someone actually quit a job to watch a soccer game, according to a from OfficeTeam. More than 1,300 senior managers at companies in the U.S. and Canada were asked to reveal the strangest excuses that workers gave for quitting, and some of what they have experienced - from real employees - seems the stuff of fiction. But beyond the obvious giggles these inspire, there's a serious message here for any IT professional about parting on good terms. OfficeTeam urges both managers and employees to give proper notice, to make sure projects are left in good, working order and above all else, to stay positive about your position, company and the people you worked with. "How you leave a job can be just as important as what you did while you were there," says Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam. "Regardless of the reason for resigning, make a graceful exit. By tying up loose ends and thanking colleagues, you demonstrate your professionalism and that can help you down the road in your career."