Thinking of leaving your job and you’re unsure of how your boss or colleagues will react? But want to do it the right way? Follow these easy steps and it will make the process of leaving more easy to handle and less uncomfortable for you. Every one has the right to try new challenges and take risks with their careers if they wish, you shouldn’t feel guilty about wanting to do this and nor should your colleagues or bosses resent you for it.

The first thing you should do when decided to resign is make sure you give your employer plenty of notice, don’t be that person who hands in their notice then goes on holiday for 2 weeks! All you will be doing is making more work for your colleagues, which I’m sure wont go down too well.

Don’t quit because you’ve had a bad day, I’m sure everyone has thought of leaving their job when they’ve had a bad day, but forgotten all about it once things start looking up.  This is a big decision, take your time to consider every option, weigh up the pros and cons of everything and make an informed decision after this.

Its only natural to perhaps relax on your work load once you have handed in your notice, but try to remain focussed on your work, remember your boss will be writing your reference for your new employer and you don’t want that to be the last thing they remember about you.

Maintain all relationships with your colleagues and your bosses; you don’t know where how it will all end up! You could work with them again soon or years down the line.

When handing in your notice you will be asked your reasons for leaving.  Make sure you are constructive, mention your new opportunity and fancying a new challenge, this is allowed! Your boss will understand and will appreciate your honesty, do not be negative about the company as this will not work in your favour; remember they will be required to write a reference for you.

The most important thing to remember is tell your boss first, don’t tell your colleagues in your lunch break and expect them to keep it quiet.  You don’t know how the company will fill your position and you cant guarantee that they wont tell anyone else, gossip always happens in offices and you don’t want to be the topic of conversation! And, more importantly, you don’t want your boss over hearing your plans to leave before you’ve spoken to them.

Leaving a job can be a difficult and time-consuming process, due to this to need to know that you are making the right decision. If you remember these steps when resigning from your current employment you will be able to leave in a positive manner. If you leave on bad terms, all your hard work over the duration of your employment will have been a waste of time as no matter how successful you were this will all be forgotten following an acrimonious departure.


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