How To Quit Without Burning Bridges

There are few things more exciting and gratifying than accepting a new job. Hopefully, it’s a move that will advance your career and increase your compensation. However, before getting settled into your new home you need to resign from your current one. Quitting a job can be a daunting task to undertake but it doesn’t have to be. Follow our tips below to ensure that you leave the right way.

Give Two Weeks Notice

Work with your manager to create a plan for transitioning you out of your position. You may need to help with moving projects onto the respective plates of your co-workers. Some companies will want your assistance training others to take on some of your responsibilities. Be flexible here and do everything you can to leave your boss and team in a manageable position.

Tell Your Boss In-Person

Offer your resignation directly to your manager. This needs to be done face-to-face. Let him or her know that you’re leaving. It’s up to you if you want to provide a reason for your decision or details about your new role. Be clear and direct during your conversation. Do everything you can to keep the discussion positive.

Express Gratitude

Make it clear to your boss and co-workers how thankful you are to have been a part of the team. Focus on the positives. Be grateful for all the lessons you’ve learned and the experience you’ve gained in your soon-to-be former role.

Don’t Gossip

Don’t give your manager one reason for your departure and tell your co-workers a different reason. Stay consistent and positive. Stick to the truth and never bad mouth anyone on your way out the door.

Beware the Counteroffer

In the vast majority of cases, a counteroffer is a bad idea. The reasons for the employee’s decision to leave aren’t likely to change quickly. The additional compensation you may be offered only serves as a band-aid for the real issues at play. Plus, employers always remember your initial reason for leaving, and often resentment takes root.

Exit Interview

Many companies will put you through an exit interview. This may seem like a confidential, HR-guided process where you can give honest feedback and critiques. It’s not that, so don’t be fooled. It’s highly likely that harsh words said during the exit interview will get back to people and be perceived by some as bad-mouthing the company on your way out. Keep things light, positive, and vague during your exit interview.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *