About to quit your job but not quite sure how to do goodbyes? Then fret not as we reveal some of the most basic principles one should have when handing in their resignation. You may be leaving your job for various reasons, from not seeing any growth for yourself in the company to feeling you’re ready to take on a more challenging position elsewhere. But always be mindful to leave on a high note.
However I am positive most of you are contemplating giving your boss a piece of your mind or secretly hoping that your coworkers end up stranded on a deserted island and are killed by pirates or something along those line?
Push those thoughts aside and do the following instead:
- Give ample notice – Only once you’ve secured another job then as soon as possible set up a meeting with your boss to inform him/her about what’s happening e.g the reason why you’re quitting and what led you to that decision. (Don’t go updating your social media instead without telling your boss, your boss should be the first to know) Two weeks is usually standard unless your contract says otherwise. Why ? It’s a good gesture and your boss will definitely be appreciative that you’re leaving plenty of time to finish up your projects.
P.S. If you’ve seen other staff who hand in their resignation and end up being escorted out of the office upon handing in their resignation then you may want to consider the ample notice and don’t give any more than two weeks notice.
Bear in mind your employer may be understanding and treat you with the utmost respect before you leave but sometimes that’s just not the case. Some employers may expect you to work the two weeks but end up giving you the cold shoulder throughout. Either way, be the bigger person.
- Co cool, play it cool – Yes congratulations on your new job, but try not to be overexcited till you’re shoving it in your coworker’s faces. So no matter how happy you are about your new job try to be as low-key as possible about it. Afterall nobody likes a bragger especially if they too have the intention of wanting to leave too. Besides that, the world is too small and too digitally connected to completely burn bridges. Not to forget having to use your current company as reference in the future.
- Connection with your co-workers – (Cue Vitamin C- Friends Forever graduation song). Once you’ve informed your boss, the next person would be your co-workers, to prepare them for the transition and also to keep in touch. A mass farewell email with relevant contact information -one specifically for clients and the other for co-workers.
- Wrap things up – There’s bound to be projects that you’re working on and it’s best to finish them up before leaving. It boils down to being responsible and to not leave any loose ends. Not only for the sake of the person who’ll be replacing you but also for your own professional reputation. A job well done and finished shows accountability and gratitude.
- Offer to help train your replacement – Without a doubt a boss hates going through the hiring process, it’s rather tedious having to show the new employee the ropes from the beginning and most of the time your boss wouldn’t be as familiar as you are with your position,offering to teach the new employee will definitely guarantee you brownie points. What else you can offer? (help screen resumes, sit-in during interviews, work with the new employee or better still create a training manual.
- Request an exit interview – Some companies do not require an exit interview but there’s nothing wrong asking your boss for one. Things to say during the exit interview can comprise of being thankful for the opportunities received, feedback on what you’ve learned and offer feedback for the next person who will fill your role. All of this little acts will show that you not only took your job seriously, but that you’re grateful for the experience.
- Give yourself a pat on the back – Now that you’re at your new job, you deserve a pat on your back that’s if you’re still on good terms with the fellow folks from your previous job. Take a breather and congratulate yourself.
Remember showing gratitude, manners, and professionalism will make sure they’ll remember you fondly. (whether or not you can say the same for them).