In this job-hopping generation, it’s easy to get caught up in excitement over a new job and neglect the details of wrapping up your current gig. And yet, after all the effort it took to get and retain your job, the last thing you want to do is burn bridges by behaving carelessly in your winding-up days there.
Here are a few things you should do to ensure you leave on great terms, with the best possible impression on your soon-to-be-former boss and colleagues.
Tell your boss face-to-face
Employees-bosses dynamics may differ, but it’s crucial they know you’re leaving in person—absolutely not over email. Get an appointment booked, and tell them you’ve been offered another opportunity. If you’re still open to staying at your job, you can say, ‘I’d love to get your thoughts,’ and see if they seem interested in making a counter-offer, or,otherwise you can focus on the new job.
The idea is to leave with your head held high – a total success, leaving at the apex of achievement, having conquered all the opposition, broken all records. That’s the way to go.
Give at least two weeks’ notice.
This is not legally required, but it agrees with common workplace convention, and considered the ‘right way’ to leave a job—otherwise, you could really be leaving your organisation and colleagues high and dry.
This way the position gets a replacement and your personal items get packed. Give the timely notice the position deserves, and don’t make a huge deal if you can help it. You probably don’t have to mention anything to your colleagues until the final week.
Make a good transition plan
Be sure to let your boss and colleagues know that you’re ready to tie up loose ends and pass on any pending projects before leaving. There’s no rule on this, but it’s the classy thing to do.
It’s important not to burn any bridges, work relationships are important and you never know when you may need to leverage one of your connections in the future. Leaving on good terms will benefit you professionally and personally.
Regardless of what spurred you to look for a new opportunity, demonstrate your appreciation for the opportunity right up to the last minute of your last day.
Whatever your reason for quitting, never bad-mouth your ex-employer in public forums. It is easy to succumb to the urge to vent your frustrations, but once you put something out there publicly, its very difficult to take back. Have some class and move on without making a big scene.
Keep in touch
Be smart: Never burn bridges and don’t hold grudges. Like it was mentioned above, don’t badmouth or gossip about your former employer. Remember, your network is your net worth.
Leave with class – not every boss has a sense of humour if an employee quits a job. You might think it’s funny, but not everyone will be amused if you left on a bad note.
Now that you’re finally on your way out, do it right and start a new adventure. Freedom!
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