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Jul 12, 2017

How to leave your job on a good note

How to leave your job on a good note

by Yolanda Graham

So… a change is on the horizon and you’re getting ready to leave your current job in pursuit of greener pastures.

If you’re leaving because workplace issues, you may be tempted to give your colleagues a piece of your mind before you step out. You imagine a deep satisfaction from airing your grievances. Realistically, however, what you can expect from exit venting is unwanted drama and a damaged reputation.

Think long-term and leave on good terms. It's important not to burn bridges because you might need your past employers for a reference. Here are a few ways you can leave your job on a good note:

Tell your boss first

Fight the temptation to drop hints around the office, even if your colleagues are on a different floor or department. Your boss should be the first person you tell – it’s the respectful thing to do, and you don't want your boss to hear gossip about your resignation.

Don’t slack off

You might feel tempted to slack off during your notice period. You don’t see the need to impress your boss anymore, or even follow the rules. To avoid leaving a bitter taste, use your remaining time to finish the projects you’re working on. Work with your manager to discuss easing your workload and handover procedures to ensure a smooth transition.

Resist ranting

Once you’ve told your colleagues that you’re leaving, you may be tempted to rant about all the things about the office that you can’t stand. When people ask why you’re leaving, stay professional in your answers. Save the ranting for close friends and family who are willing to listen and won't judge.

Help look for or train the replacement

The hiring process can be tedious and exhausting, so offering to find a replacement and train them will help you win points with your manager and your colleagues. Since you've been in the job yourself, you'll know the type of candidate to look for and have a higher chance of finding the right person for the job.

Say thank you

No matter what your experience has been, thank everyone you’ve enjoyed working with at the company. Write them an email, or leave them handwritten notes for a personal touch. Thank your closest colleagues in person. Saying thank you shows that you’re appreciative and will leave a lasting positive impression.

Original source: JobStreet

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