Maybe you just found a new job or you’re about to begin a business of your own. Or your current job is not giving you satisfaction and you think it’s time to call it quits and go in search of new opportunities. For whatever reason you’re leaving a company, it’s important not to exit like you don’t care about the company or anyone in it. You should leave on a good note, so when the need arises to come back to the company some other time, probably for reference purpose, you can walk in confidently.
Here are 5 tips to quit your job on a good note:
1. Give prior notice
Every company has a policy when it comes to resignation, and if you’re not aware of what policy your company has about that, then you must ask. Some companies require 2 months notice, some others require a month notice and a few others require just 2 weeks notice.
When you go against a company’s policy and just walk away without prior notice, then you’ll be leaving a bad impression about yourself. Also, informing your bosses about your resignation, ensure that you keep the conversation positive, professional, and constructive. Refrain from being rude or insulting, no matter how horrible your manager was.
2. Do not poach
When planning your exit, don’t talk other employees into leaving by emphasizing on how bad your bosses are, or why they should see reasons why you’re leaving and think of making some plans.
After getting into a new organisation, it may be tempting to actively lure your former co-workers-turned-friends to your new firm or company when job openings arise. Doing these could harm or sever your relationships at your previous place of employment when you’re found out, and of course, leave a bad impression.
3. Complete outstanding projects
No matter what projects you happen to be working on, make sure you complete them. Even if finishing whatever is currently on your plate requires more hours than you would like to spend on your current job, it’s your responsibility to not leave any loose ends.
Doing this will not only be for the sake of the person who will be replacing you, but because it’s important to your professional reputation to leave a job on a high and positive note. Nothing shows gratitude and accountability like a job that’s done well—and finished.
4. Make yourself available after leaving
Your employer might not get a replacement before you leave. And if your role is key, that the company can hardly survive, they might want to call you asks questions regarding certain tasks. Even when they finally employ someone to replace you, explaining the job’s role and responsibilities for the next person might be another herculean task for the hiring personnel.
The best thing you can do is offer to be available by phone or email when possible. And if you can, offer to help your boss screen resumes, sit in on interviews, work with the new employee, or create a training manual for your job. It will go a long way to leaving the company with a good impression once you’re gone.
5. Return company properties
If your company offered you some incentives or work tools, like a phone or laptop, keys or documents when you resumed, don’t forget to give it back as you take your exit. The company doesn’t want to chase you to get it back, and you don’t want to be held responsible if it’s not returned in a timely manner.
Going with a company’s property will not make you appear as fraudulent, and when you happen to cross paths with the same company in future, you’ll have a lot of issues. If you also need a reference at a new job, the company might not be nice enough to forget your past deed and you might end up getting a negative reference letter.