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Quit Your Job With Grace: 5 Rules to Leave Without Burning Bridges
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Leaving a job is always looked down upon as a process filled with anger, grudges and resentment. We assume that when a person calls it quits, there are always negative connotations attached to the entire equation. Someone might be leaving for better growth or higher education or even to walk down the entrepreneurial road. But quitting a job is still a taboo with plenty of stigma attached to it. Now, it’s time to see the process in an entirely new light which is healthy without involving a hint of toxicity. It all boils down to how you approach the process and what all terms you intend to build with your immediate managers and boss. So yes, leaving your job can be harmonious with no negative impact on your immediate relations with your boss and peers. Here’s how to quit your job gracefully:

  • Inform in Advance

To leave your job amicably without any grudges, it’s essential to inform your boss at least 2 months in advance. The earlier you inform, the better. Doing this might sound awkward for the moment, but it’s exactly what a professional must do. You might be having your own reasons for leaving the organization, but you deciding to part ways shouldn’t impact the activities under your scope that also degrades work relationships in the long run.

  • Do Justice Until the Last Working Day

While most people call it a day once they submit resignation, you can use the tenure to build long lasting relationships with your colleagues and boss. Perform your regular roles as usual to set an example that intending to leave your job doesn’t have to look callous and irresponsible.

  • Plan for Knowledge Transfer

When you plan to leave, someone else has to take over your responsibilities. Rather than leaving your organization to figure that out, get actively involved in the transition with a checklist of items to strike off. Conduct trainings and do the initial handholding to ensure the regular activities do not take a hit. Moreover, it’s also important to render a helping hand whenever hiccups arise.

  • Quote the Exact Reason While Leaving

Rather than quoting vague reasons, it’s better to be honest and discuss the exact reasons of leaving your job. It might be a personal chore, attending university or even taking a short break to unplug. When you discuss the right reasons for leaving, you are set on right path for a comeback. Making your boss aware of the right reasons for leaving helps you instil trust and confidence and then, you get only a call away for a comeback.

  • Stay in Touch

If you completely disappear after leaving, it hurts your chances of a comeback. Make time to reconnect with colleagues and even your boss over a short call or better, invite them for informal interactions over breakfast or lunch. These short interactions will ensure that the idea of you remains in their mind and you are not lost in the sands of time.

Topics: Culture

Originally published September 04 2018,updated June 29 2019

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