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How to Leave Your Job on Good Terms
21 February 2018
Quitting your job, no matter the circumstances, can often feel a bit awkward whether it’s your first time doing so or your tenth! The important thing to do is ensure you part ways on good terms, even if you really dislike your current role and can’t wait to leave. No matter how your time at the company has been, you don’t want to do anything in your final weeks that could potentially damage an otherwise glowing reference.
What can you do to make sure your resignation goes as smoothly as possible?
Tell Your Boss
As soon as you have accepted your new role, it’s important to think carefully about how you’re going to break the news to your current boss. And yes, your boss should be the first person in work that you inform. It won’t go well if they hear it from someone else other than you. If you’re truly valued at the company, your boss might try and persuade you to stay, so it’s important that you’ve already made your mind up for sure regarding the possibility of being swayed.
Give Substantial Notice
The typical notice period is approximately two weeks, but letting your boss know as soon as you learn your start date gives your current company a better understanding of how long they have to fill your shoes, or at least have a plan in place through which your responsibilities will be covered.
Let Your Team Know
After informing your boss, you should let your colleagues know of your upcoming departure. Not only will this give them a heads up that some of your responsibilities might fall on their shoulders, it’s also nice to leave on friendly terms rather than just disappearing one day. Who knows, you might even get a leaving gift!
Don’t Leave Anything Hanging
Many of us, upon handing in our notice, are inclined to cruise through our final weeks knowing that the end is near. This might suit you but leaving your work half-finished definitely won’t go down well with your bosses or the colleagues that get stuck with it once your gone. Try to finish up any ongoing projects, or if your timescale doesn’t allow this, leave clear instructions on how to complete it for whoever takes responsibility for it on your departure.
Ask for an Exit Interview
Many businesses now offer, or include in their company policy, an exit interview for staff who have handed in their resignation. You should take advantage of the offer of an exit interview, and if your current job does not provide this, request one. An exit interview can be a great way to get some professional feedback about your time with the company and can be a great way to end things with your boss on good terms.
Whether you’ve enjoyed your time at your current job or have hated every minute of it, you should always do your best to resign in a graceful and professional manner. It might have been a Monday morning daydream to hand in your notice and promptly leave the building, but, this really wouldn’t bring you any long-lasting benefits. Keep in mind that your current boss will very likely be asked for a reference, so don’t do anything that could damage the standard of this all for the sake of a dramatic exit.