How to Leave Your Job with Dignity

Throughout your professional life, there will come a time when you have to leave a job. It can be a mix of emotions – you may be sad to leave a place you’ve been for years, or you could be excited about a new experience and opportunity – however, it’s always crucial that you leave that position with dignity.

You can try and anger everyone you’ve worked with, and leave with a bad reputation, but that will only go on to damage your future prospects. Whenever leaving a job, try to make the transition as clean and as easy as possible by being a true professional, by following these 5 steps:

1) Give your notice – early and professionally:

When quitting from a position, handing your notice in can be one of the most nerve-wracking experiences. Your mind will be filled with all the possible outcomes, and you’ll feel like you’re letting people down.

However, if you resign as early as possible, and in an extremely professional and courteous manner, there will be nothing to worry about. Be honest to your boss, and tell them why you’re moving on, and give them the time needed to find a person to replace you in your role. Everything will work out perfectly.

2) Be positive:

Everyone has ups and downs throughout anything in life, and the same can be said for your work. There are always setbacks and knock-downs, but take some time to sit down and look back at all the positive moments of your job – did you get to go to an amazing event? Did you learn a new skill? Have you made a bunch of new friends with your teammates?

Don’t dwell on the negatives, but celebrate the positives!

3) Work your notice period properly:

Once you’ve let everyone know that you’re off to pastures new, you may feel inclined to switch off mentally and just see your time out. However, that won’t help you (as you’ll become bored), and it certainly won’t help your company.

Use your notice period to ensure you wrap up any communication with your clients (and to pass all responsibilities onto the new individual), and why not impart wisdom to your teammates through some brainstorming sessions? You may have knowledge which they have been wanting to gain, and now is the perfect time!

4) Say thank you:

Over the years, there will be a large number of people who have helped you get to where you are now – and it’s important to be grateful. Ensure you send thank you messages to any clients you’re worked with, and get a thank you card for your employer. Say your thanks clearly, and outline what you’ve gained from your position.

5) Celebrate in style:

In your final days, organize leaving drinks with your colleagues to celebrate the time you’ve spent in their company. Why not make an evening of it and talk about your memories? There is nothing wrong with celebrating something positive you’ve done, and showing that you’ve enjoyed your position is the best way.

Once you’re done, leave the office with a smile on your face and a spring in your step – ready for your next adventure!

By Laurence Hebberd