Regardless of whether or not you need a reference, leaving on good terms is crucial to keeping your professional reputation intact. Here’s the etiquette you need to know.
Step 1: Write the letter
Your resignation letter is your legal document and needs to give details surrounding notice period – but it should also include some thanks for your manager that they will genuinely appreciate. Check if your contract states a notice period, and if not, it’s still the most respectful and graceful option to give your employer two weeks’ notice to start looking for your replacement.
Step 2: The difficult conversation
We know it’s a confronting situation, however, in order to be truly professional, you need to resign face-to-face. Even if you didn’t love your job and there were bad elements that really got on your nerves, ask yourself – what would you achieve by voicing them here and now? Our top tip is to remain positive and (or at least neutral!) and professional so you can stay on reasonable terms. This goes without saying – but make sure you stick to the facts.
BONUS: Sprinkle in some gratitude
In both your resignation conversation and letter you should include gratitude for the opportunities that were offered to you in your position, and within the business or company. No one wants to feel unappreciated; this goes for both bosses and workplaces.
Step 3: Serving your notice period
Make sure you are not slacking off in your notice period. It might feel awkward or frustrating, however, your colleagues and managers will not respect you if you let them down in your final time with the business. Stay motivated, keep a positive attitude and people will likely reciprocate this to you.
BONUS: Notice Period To do List
During your notice period (that you’re performing well for) tick off a few off-boarding tasks; a) request a reference! B) check when you’ll get your last paycheck, and c) double-check on any unused holiday or sick pay to come with your last paycheck.
Step 4: Finale
Time to clean up your workstation before you go. You don’t want to seem messy and ungrateful by leaving a huge mess for your colleagues or boss to clean up upon your departure.
Also, be prepared that you may be asked to participate in an exit interview. This is your last chance to leave a great impression that your boss will remember you by, be honest but stay professional and again; gratitude is key! You don’t need to go overboard here, however, at the very least don’t seem to keen to be leaving and certainly don’t brag about your new job.