Lots of people are quitting their jobs for a variety of reasons. In June of this year, almost 4 million workers quit their jobs. Some of the reasons: They don’t want to switch from remote work to office work, want better pay, have an opportunity to move up the career ladder somewhere else, or they want a more comfortable fit in a new organization. There is a right way and a wrong way to resign from an organization. Here’s how to do it right.
- No matter how much you want to make a dramatic exit, don’t. How you leave a job will determine a future reference from your current organization. Leaving on a very positive note, even though it may be difficult, will pay dividends later on. Being a class-act will be remembered by a lot of people. As they move up in their careers, others will recommend you for a key position that will accelerate your career.
- It’s important and professional to communicate your decision to your boss first. If your boss hears it from the grapevine or from another manager, you’ll have a more difficult situation. No one wants to be blindsided. If this person hired you, each of you can learn what was the expectation and what went wrong.
- Stay positive with everyone with whom you talk. Never bad-mouth bosses, co-workers, the organization or decisions that have been made. You don’t want the reputation of being a malcontent. It’s a small world within most functions.
- If you’re at the lower levels of the organization, a two-week notice is adequate. The higher your organizational level, the longer the time period. Some jobs, because of their sensitivity or importance, management may ask for a month before separation. Usually, a compromise date can be negotiated.
- Write a very short resignation letter. State the day you will be leaving. Thank your employer for the opportunity to learn and contribute toward results. However, if there is a legal issue about your leaving, consult with an attorney first.
- This point may be the most important part of a resignation: Develop a transition strategy with your manager. Go out of your way to make sure whomever is to replace you is well aware of the issues and potential alternatives. Unfinished projects are the central focus as they are pending decision points. Update all assignments so there are no outstanding problems to fall between the cracks. If possible, work with the incoming replacement for a day or two. Management will appreciate your efforts.
- A word of caution: If you receive a counteroffer in order to keep you with the organization, tread carefully. The question is, why didn’t the organizations realize your worth before you had an offer to leave? If you accept the counteroffer, the chances are your commitment will be in question.
Leaving an organization should be as positive as it was when you first entered. You will be remembered and rewarded over time.
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