8 ways to leave a good impression when you quit your job
Congratulations! You’ve finally bit the bullet and decided to leave your current job.
Whether you’re moving on to an exciting new gig or just taking some time out to find what really makes you tick, leaving your role is an exciting (albeit daunting time).
Once you’ve handed in your notice you might be tempted to sit back, relax, and wait for your final pay cheque to roll in but this is a huge mistake.
If you’re smart you’ll make sure that you leave a good lasting impression on your workplace. Here’s how you can make that happen.
Give plenty of notice
Once you know that you are leaving your role, organise a meeting with your boss to hand in your official notice (and yes, you should tell your boss before everyone else!).
Your notice period will depend on your contract. If you can, always give more notice than required. Your boss will appreciate your work ethic and it will give you time to wrap up any projects that you are currently working on.
Be prepared for counter offers
When you tell your manager that you’re leaving, they may want to make you a counter offer. This could be monetary or benefits-based. You should never accept this offer on the spot. Ask for the terms in writing (an email will do) and take 24 hours to mull it over. You don’t want to accept something in the heat of the moment that you will regret later on.
If you don’t wish to accept their offer simply send a polite email thanking them for the opportunity but letting them know that you will be moving on.
Before you leave your job, you need to make sure that you take care of basic housekeeping. Remove any personal items from your desk like calendars, photo frames etc. Make sure everything is clean and organised so that your replacement can move in straight away.
You will also need to undertake a digital spring clean. That means deleting files and passwords from your laptop. Clear your search history too (just in case).
Plan a smooth transition
Right now you’re probably relishing in the thought that the company will fall apart without you. Who will answer all those emails or handle the annoying phone calls? Well, you can stop daydreaming and start helping.
Draft a transfer plan outlining all of your current projects, your recommendations for wrapping them up and specific employees you plan to brief on what you’ve got on your plate. This will be a massive help for your colleagues.
Don’t overshare in your exit interview
Your HR department will probably want to conduct an exit interview with you during your last week. Do not treat this meeting as a therapy session. Now is not the time to rant about your arch nemesis or complain about the company culture.
Keep your criticism constructive. Mention a few things that the company could work on but keep the overall tone happy and positive.
Take a moment to pat yourself on the back. If you’ve successfully worked your notice period and are still on great terms with all your colleagues then consider it a success.
It’s always a nice touch to send a thank you/goodbye email to your coworkers, especially if they gave you a nice send-off. Showing gratitude, manners and professionalism will make sure they’ll remember you fondly.