4 Dos and Don’ts For Quitting Your Job
You might feel that quitting your job is relatively easy. Statistics has shown that many workers quit their jobs inappropriately and have badly damaged professional relationships that could have been a bedrock for future connections.
Ninety-one percent of millennial expect to stay in a job for less than three years, according to the Future Workplace “Multiple Generations @ Work” survey of 1,189 employees and 150 managers. That means they would have 15 – 20 jobs over the course of their working lives!
In January 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the average employee worked for 4.2 years down from 4.6 years in January 2014.
It is expected that during the course of your career, you will quit your job…. alot!
In the world of connectivity and networking, you do not have a luxury of making mistakes. Everything you do has to be done with class and professionalism.
Whether you are quitting your job for another in another company or simply calling it quits to pursue a business or interest, follow these guidelines to ensure you don’t burn bridges while ending a professional relationship.
4 Do’s and Don’ts for Quitting Your Job
1. Do: Give an advance notice
As much as you’d like to, you can’t just; walk into your boss office, drop your ID and yell, “I quit”. You must give proper advance notice.
Anything less then 2 weeks is bad for your reputation. By giving an advanced notice, you will give the company time to look for your replacement.
When in doubt, ask your human resource representative or check your contract; companies attach the number of days you will need to give them in advance of your resignation.
Don’t: Resign Via SMS
Some of us have been in relationships where the other party has broken up via text simply because for whatever reason the other party wouldn’t meet up or call to have a proper conversation.
While your job is not a personal relationship, it is a relationship nonetheless.
Quitting your job via a text message, Whatsapp chat, Facebook chat, voicemail or email is a complete no no. You are to resign honorably with a letter of intent cautiously written to the human resources director or your boss. SMS messages are impersonal and inappropriate.
Walk up to your manager, explain to him (or her) that you are resigning, handover the letter and thank them for the opportunity to learn and develop yourself in your career.
If your boss asks for a reason, provide one. Be truthful about this, there is no reason to be coy especially if you are starting your own business that is different from what your present company is offering.
They might end up patronizing you by coming one of your first clients.
Do: Give a Gift
This might be a little uncommon but on the last day of your job, give a gift to your boss. Find out one or more of your bosses interest and work that into your budget.
It doesn’t have to be something expensive but it should be thoughtful. My personal favorite is a book.
Every boss I have done this to, has become a lifelong friend. This will be unexpected and you will see the smile on their face as they suddenly realize how much you valued them.
Don’t: Speak ill of Your Manager or Colleagues:
Hell knows no fury like a departing employee’s tongue but keep yours in check. You are not trying to blow things up here. You’re merely leaving to start a new life somewhere else.
If you have tolerated your colleagues and manager, now is not the time to tell them. Keep your cool and walk away gently. No need to make a fuss about how bad you have been mistreated, it’s not your fight anymore.
3. Do: Ask for recommendation:
Obtaining a recommendation from your boss can go a long way in helping you get jobs in other companies.
When future employers sees that you are still have a good relationship with your former boss, they will realize that you are a great staff to have.
A recommendation letter gives future employers a way to gain insight into a candidate’s background and capabilities. A good one acts as an endorsement for your career
By obtaining this from your present boss, you will increase your perception to your future employers.
Don’t: Take clients away from your company:
As a rule, when you are leaving a company, do not tell the clients that you are leaving. That way, you wouldn’t have to tell them where you are going and they will want to go with you.
There are serious legal, ethical and moral breach that might be breached if you take clients away from your present company.
However, after you have left, and you didn’t approach or solicit the clients; they just joined you by looking you up, then that is fair.
4. Do: Tidy up:
Don’t leave any job hanging. Make sure that you finish up all your assigned tasks. If you must, take more days to accomplish that as long as you have not obligated yourself with a new company on resumption day.
Tidy your office and make sure you sign-off. This will also protect other people from using your account when you are gone.
When you say you are leaving, make sure you leave. Threatening to leave is not a negotiation platform. You must think hard before resigning. Even when they offer you more to stay, resist the urge and walk away.
Staying will only jeopardize what you have achieved so far. When you’ve already handed in your resignation and or informed your boss of your intentions to leave, just leave.
If you stay, they will employ someone who will learn all there is to learn from you and when the time is right, there’s a possibility you could be fired.
Leaving a company you have stayed for too long can be a hard choice to make but it is a tough choice you’ll have to make at some point during your career.
Have you quit your job recently? What was your strategy for quitting your job? Did leave in grand style or make any of the mistakes above? Are you still in good terms with your old employer? Share your experiences.
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