As people move, adjust their goals, and change interests in life it is a given that they will leave a place of employment or two. I have been employed at the same place for over twenty-five years, so I have not had to leave an employer, but I have lost some employees over the years. Some have left in a most gracious way and other workers have not been so kind.
There is a right and a wrong way to say goodbye to a job. Follow these tips when kissing a company goodbye.
- If possible, give at least a month’s notice. It is difficult to find, hire, and train a new employee in less than a month. The paperwork for a new employee is endless these days. If you can stay even longer, please do.
- Don’t stop working or start slacking. Circumstances can change and your may end up staying put, but more importantly, you were hired to work there from beginning to end. Live up to your commitment.
- Make sure that any tasks you perform, and only you perform, are taught to someone at the place of employment. You do not want to leave the company hanging or start getting phone calls after you have left asking for instructions. Make a folder with detailed instructions if there is no one to train.
- Do not take any company property when you leave or destroy any property. No matter how bad the job might have been, leave with a touch of class. You may need a reference one day, so be on your best behavior.
- When you leave, give a gift. A potted plant is appropriate.
- After you have been gone for about a month. Send a thank-you note. These people hired you and gave you a paycheck. Do not burn bridges, ever. Be kind and gracious.
There may be employment situations that are bad, and the leaving might be even worse. But if at all possible, follow these tips for a classy and smooth exit.