There are some important things to avoid when you’ve made the decision to leave your current job. Handling a resignation poorly impacts your co-workers the most. You never know what the future holds and down the road you may need something from your previous employer such as a reference. I’ve even had former employees want to return after a sour resignation.
Here are some examples of what to avoid when you decide to leave your job:
- No call no show, walking out in the middle of the day, or a note under your keyboard before disappearing may lead to calls to your emergency contacts! Expect your supervisor will want to talk to you about your decision. In many situations your supervisor will want to learn from you and in others your employer may be upset you are leaving. Either way, approach the conversation with positive assumptions.
- Sending an email or a text message sends a message you don’t want to talk in person. While a conversation may be uncomfortable, and yes it takes courage, it will help you leave a better impression as you exit the company.
- Updating your social media status before telling your supervisor runs the risk of hurting your professional image more than anything.
- Telling your colleague to let your supervisor know you won’t be returning or having your parent call and say you’re not returning is never OK! I hope this doesn’t need more explanation.
Leaving your current position the right way keeps the door open for a continued professional relationship. You just never know when you may end up working together again!
Kate began her career at Celebrity Staff in 2015. Kate attended the University of Nebraska – Omaha and graduated in 2015 with her Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science with a Concentration in Foreign and National Security Affairs. She is currently pursuing her Master of Science degree in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (M.S NCR) from Creighton University School of Law’s Werner Institute. Outside of her commitments with work and school, she enjoys surrounding herself with her friends, family, and furry family members.