It is not easy to leave a job you have grown used to and colleagues that have become part of your life. Even if your boss is toxic or your colleagues are not very welcoming, it is essential to leave on a good note.
In the job market today, people move from one organization to the other for more money, job satisfaction or even peace of mind that is so underrated. However, before you make the life-changing decision, there are a few things you need to do. The fact that you are moving on to somewhere better or something better doesn’t mean you should leave a wrong impression.
This article is specifically for people who want to make the big move now or in the future.
Draft Emails About Your Departure
Make sure everyone on your work contact list knows you are leaving; direct them to someone who they can get in touch with when you are no longer available. Make sure you send this out the same day you drop your resignation notice as this will give you time to focus on finishing the projects you have at hand and not spend your time responding to emails about your departure. Also, try to speak to your boss before sending out the emails anyway.
Practice Your Exit Speech
Maintaining a healthy relationship with your co-workers or soon to be former co-workers is important. Do not burn bridges as you do not know where you will meet any of them in the future. In your exit speech, be thoughtful and positive when planning it. Even if your boss is the meanest person in the world, choose your words wisely. Thank your boss for the opportunity to learn and grow too.
Transfer Your Files To A Hard Drive
Once you have made up your mind about leaving and you have handed your two weeks’ notice to the HR department, begin to transfer your files to a hard drive if the computer you work with belongs to the company. Your boss might tell you to leave immediately on your last day, and it is not cool that you will be talking about transferring your files instead of saying goodbye.
Return The Company’s Properties
Make sure you return whatever was given to you by the company. From laptops to ID cards, have them ready and try to hand them over to the HR department on your last day. Do not wait to be reminded about this.
Write Recommendation For Your Co-workers
LinkedIn is the platform for professional, and it is safe to say that all your co-workers are on LinkedIn. You can put a smile on their faces by writing a good recommendation on their LinkedIn profile. Light up their day by leaving a good recommendation on their profile; it will go a long way.