Friday, January 25, 2008

Saying Goodbye to Work – The Right Way

by Shweta L Khare, Founder & President Careerbright-Career Coaching Blog
Author Byline: Illuminate your Career!
Author Website: http://careerbright.blogspot.com/

When you know it is time to quit a job, know how to do it the right way. You will never regret a well planned action plan and some tips here would help you in making a smooth transition to your new job or career. Once you know how to plan your exit the right way, saying goodbye to work becomes easier and effective.

Informing your Boss
Your boss/supervisor must be the first one to know of your impending departure. He/she must not hear from someone else and be surprised about the news.Request a meeting with your boss and discuss the scenarios of when would be the best time to quit. Usually the company policies require you to give a two week notice but because of project schedules and handover responsibilities it could be a mutual decision to extend the final date of quitting, try to be accommodating as must as possible. You are helping yourself build a better referral by doing so. A hasty decision and inflexibility might only damage your relations with the manager or team.During this meeting it is a good idea to talk about a referral email or letter from your boss and also ask for his/her consent to be on the list of references in future.

Data Transfer from Office Computer
You might have done so even before announcing your quitting the job. But if not you must know that once you announce your quitting intentions any activity on the office computer could be monitored and might even be blocked because of some company policies.

Don’t be "keyboard-happy" in shooting off that Vindictive EmailMany quitting employees disgruntled by the supervisor’s attitude or not happy with the management have been known to impulsively send an email to all in the group (or even the whole company email list) listing why they hate their managers and what is wrong with the company.Howsoever tempting it might be to send out a spiteful email full of accusations and negative emotions, it might only harm your future career prospects, if not immediately might be sometime in future. Send an Email to friends and co-workers informing them of the good times you have had working with them. If you are really frustrated with everything around, then it is better not to send out the goodbye email than sending a resentful one.

Email Letter to your Co-workers and Friends in the Company
Do send an email to your friends and co-workers in the company informing of your departure from the current position. Be polite and thank them for all the help they have offered during your tenure. Don't forget to add your personal email address and phone number in this email and if you have been diligent enough they would already be on your personal networking group (for example LinkedIn), if not it is not too late even now to invite them to your network.

Thank-you Letter to your Boss
In the thanks and goodbye letter to your boss articulate well how you appreciate all he/she has done for you, you've enjoyed working with him/her and the company. Well, every one seeks endorsements and great testimonials it is time to give something back to your manager as well, by letting him/her know how the guidance and his/her leadership skills have helped you in learning and evolving as a better employee.

If you think that the company and/or your boss have been helpful and obliging to you over the years and you would want to go an extra mile to help with the new employee takeover/transition process, it is fair to offer them the option of being available for questions or training for your replacement. In the last few days at work try to do a great job documenting the handover notes and provide contact numbers for questions in case they might need to contact you once you leave the company.

Packing up your Personal Belongings
Pack up only what belongs to you, return all IT and other company property to the staff. It might happen that your colleagues might want to take that extra port or the extra keyboard hanging around on your shelves, refrain from doing so.All company property is accountable by the IT department or other general supplies division. Ensure a proper handover and ask them if they have an online form that needs to be filled with the appropriate details filled in.

Some Tips for the Exit Interviews
Don’t agree to the exit interview date and time impulsively, also it is usually optional and not a compulsory procedure.If you do want to provide some feedback on the company try to be as positive as possible and of course if you have some negative things to say about the manager be specific and do not blame the whole management. It could be because of one person or two that you have negative emotions, it is best to describe them tactfully but not put the blame on company management or culture. Think and plan before you speak up, but if there were some situations where your supervisor had made you uncomfortable either physically or emotionally and if this was one of the major reasons for quitting, do let the HR know. It will do no one good to stay quiet just to be in good books when more harm could come to the future employees under that particular supervisor.
Some good tips on exit interviews are on the CollegeRecruiter website.

Some often cited tips on quitting the right way:

Don’t burn your bridges.

Leave on good terms.

Show a professional attitude. Whatever you do now will have reverberations in future – think before you act.

Shweta L Khare, Founder & President http://careerbright.blogspot.com
Careerbright-Career Coaching Blog

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap (http://www.recruitingblogswap.com), a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships (http://www.collegerecruiter.com/pages/internship-job-postings.php) and recent graduates searching entry-level jobs and other career opportunities http://www.CollegeRecruiter.com/jobs.

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