If you have ever been unhappy with your work, you probably thought about leaving it as soon as possible. Of course, you could tell your boss that you don’t want to deal with him anymore, but this can lead to unpleasant consequences. It would be much better if you used layoff etiquette to provide graceful care. If you plan to change your profession, follow the guidelines below that tell you what to do when you are ready to quit your job.
Warn at least two weeks in advance
Too often, employees leave without notice, says Dinn Duncan, DCA Virtual Business Support team leader. “They do not call the boss, do not write by e-mail and do not let them know that they are no longer interested in working with us or for us,” she said.
Workers must inform employers of their plan to leave, while continuing to work for at least another two weeks. “Providing a notice provides a search for a new employee and an opportunity for the company to provide training for someone who can start working in this position,” Duncan said.
Send your notification letter
If you are planning to quit, always do this in writing, says Mellissa Smith, founder and managing director of Marketing Eye. Do not write an e-mail while at work, and do not send it to your company address, but hand over the resignation letter personally to your boss.
If you work remotely, send an e-mail directly to management, and then talk by phone or video conference.
Schedule a personal meeting for your resignation letter
Ask for a meeting with your manager to let you know the news of your dismissal, says Biron Clark, career trainer and founder of Career Sidekick job search site. “It’s best to plan the allotted time for this so that you don’t feel the rush and that they have time to answer,” he said.
Do not tell your colleagues that you are leaving before you tell your boss about it
Clark notes the following. No matter how tempting you are to tell your colleagues about your plans to leave the company, do not say anything until you give your notice to the boss. “It may be tempting, but rumors are spreading fast in most offices and workplaces, and the last thing you need is a manager who finds out that you are leaving after hearing this from someone else,” he said.
If this happens, the leader may be offended. In addition, if you decide to abandon your job search and change your mind about quitting, he will know that you are looking for another place - "that is never good."
Explain reasons for leaving work
Matthew Ross, co-owner of Slumber Yard’s sleep and mattress review site, said he recently fired an employee after working at the company for eight months. “To be honest, my business partner and I were a little upset when she first notified about this in two weeks,” he said. “However, I must confess that she dealt with her tasks very gracefully.”
What Ross appreciated the most was that the employee was not afraid to tell him and his business partner in person why she was leaving. “She explained that she likes working in our company, but her passion was related to another industry,” he said.
Talking about the reasons for leaving work, be sure to tell the truth. Brian Ma, a Flushing Realty Group broker, said he had an office assistant who said she was quitting because she was accepted to a nursing school and was looking forward to a new career.
“To my complete amazement, a few months later I found out that she works for a competitor, and, apparently, her story about admission to school was just a fiction,” he said. “The deceit from the employee whom you saw every day for five years is terrible and abusive. I would recommend honesty as the most elegant way to leave if you respect your employer. ”
Keep working hard for the last weeks
Ross says his employee, who quit very calmly, has continued to work hard for the past two weeks at Slumbe. “She could easily relax and just set up cruise control,” he said. “Instead, she made the same effort and really tried to be of service to the company until the last working day.” Ross and his partner appreciated her hard work and said that it spoke of a responsible character.
Show your appreciation to the management
Expressing gratitude to your boss before leaving work can increase your chances of getting a job in the same or another company again. Ross said that before leaving, his former employee brought gifts to him and his partner with notes saying that she had learned from each of them. “Despite the fact that she left, I still have a very positive opinion about her,” Ross said. “I would hire her again in an instant.”
Keep negative thoughts to yourself
As potential employers may ask, “Can we contact your previous manager?”, You should not say anything negative to your boss when you leave. “No matter how tempting it is to tell people what you really think about them, going out the door, don't do this,” said Helen Cafasso, founder and president of Enerpace, Inc. Executive Coaching.
Instead, write what you think in the letter to release emotions, but do not send it. “You can symbolically let go of all your negative feelings towards the previous firm or company, destroying the letter as you like,” said Cafasso. And just tell your boss, “I wish you all the best,” she added.
Complete all things
Cafasso also said that a great way to quit work in a good environment is to complete your business. Complete the projects you are working on, or make sure that someone on your team can take control of them. And do not forget to leave instructions for each unfinished business. According to Cafasso, you can also consult people who will take over your work for a week or two after your dismissal, in case of any questions.