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An employer employee relationship is much like any other personal relationship. There are feelings involved. The way that you leave your job can have a lasting impact. You want to part ways with good tidings on both sides. If you have found something new, congratulations! Here are some choices that you can make to ease the breakup.
Tell your immediate supervisor of your intentions in person and then write a resignation letter to your him or her and send a copy to the human resources manager. State your intention to leave the company and name your positon and the day you expect to be your last. Beware that your company might ask you to leave as soon as possible if they consider your presence there to be risky. Do not hold this against them. Adhere to any employment contract obligations or policies that you may have agreed to. You are not obligated to accept phone calls after you leave. Only give your phone number if you feel it will not jeopardize your new position. If the company needs you that badly, they can offer you a consulting contract.
Address any work that needs to be finished or passed on. Thank the employer for the opportunity and mention that you enjoyed working on their team. If you wish, explain that you have been offered an opportunity that will help you reach your long term career goals. You can ask for a good reference if you feel it is appropriate.
Don’t engage in negative conversation with any other employees. Keep the details of your future job confidential. You wouldn’t want to displease your next employer by disclosing your salary and benefits. You also don’t want to sound like you are bragging. You do not owe anyone an explanation. Your co-workers will soon be history to you. Maintain a professional attitude and demeanor. You do not want to burn any bridges with your employer. Thank your co-workers, even if you never liked working with them. The business world is small and you want to secure your good reputation and contacts.
Just because you are leaving does not mean you can goof off. Work hard and be willing to train someone to your best ability. As tempting as it might be, do not gossip with your trainee, customers or suppliers. They will find out everything in their own time. Clean up your work space; throw out unnecessary papers, dust and organize.
Bite the Bullet
Don’t delay announcing your termination because you are afraid your boss might be angry. He or she probably suspects and expects your announcement anyway and might even offer you a promotion or raise to stay. Consider this carefully. Often times more money and prestige will not cover up why you were unsatisfied in the first place. You might wind up leaving later anyway. You have to face the inevitable with grace. Hopefully, your superiors will also have style and class with regard to your exit. Reassuring the company that you will work with them to make a smooth departure will keep resentment at bay.
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