You have heard the saying many times; “it’s a small world.” It really is a small world and the way you give notice and leave your current employer could haunt you in the future, if you don’t do it properly.
Here are things to consider when you give notice:
1. Give a full two weeks’ notice. This small amount of time allows the employer to begin thinking about replacing you and getting a job ad posted. The employer can arrange training of tasks and ask questions about areas of concern. Remember that even though you are excited about this change in your life, your exit most likely leaves a hole in the company that will take time to fill. If you have been good at your job, this hole may be a hardship for a while, so be kind to your employer and fellow employees who may take up some of your tasks.
2. Be available for questions for a short while after you leave. Perhaps leaving a personal email address with the employer and inviting a couple questions after you leave would be helpful.
3. Work during those two weeks to think of things your employer needs to know. Make written instructions for tasks you think will be beneficial. Remember to leave passwords and login instructions, if applicable. Do not attempt to log in to your employer’s site remotely after you leave.
4. Don’t bad mouth anyone at your company. If Human Resources performs an Exit interview, I encourage you to be truthful, especially if you think the issues can be corrected. This is not the time to destroy everything and everyone in your wake. Be professional as you discuss issues or problem employees.
5. Remember in the future you may wish to use this employer as a reference and handling your departure professionally will be well received.
6. Don’t start coming in late and leaving early or slacking throughout the day. Everyone expects your heart may not be in it, but while you are getting paid, you should maintain a professional work day.
7. Take all personal belongings such as pictures and knick knacks with you. When in doubt as to what belongs to the company, ask.
By handing your departure with grace and professionalism, you are likely to be held in high esteem as well as ensuring any references in the years to come are highly complimentary. Companies look favorably on those that exit a company with consideration and grace.
By: Renee R. Fulton, Talis Group, Inc.