7/18/2014 9:30 PM ET|
How to quit your job in style
There's a right and a wrong way to leave your job.
There are many different approaches to quitting a job. Some people are so fed up and don’t care if they burn bridges, and may simply say “I quit!” and walk out. Others put a lot of thought and consideration into it before saying goodbye to ensure positive references in the future. Then there are people who are extremely loyal and afraid to quit, producing enough anxiety that they decide not to quit at all. Where do you fall?
The ideal spot is in between. It’s important to recognize that if you’ve gotten to the point of just high-tailing it out the door, you may have waited too long to go. One way to remedy this situation is to stay on the lookout for new opportunities. Yes, it’s time consuming and isn’t fun, but you don’t want to get so bitter that you cause yourself harm. There are professionally acceptable ways to behave, and you can damage your career by causing a hostile display at work, quitting or not. Post your résumé on major sites like Monster and CareerBuilder; if you're afraid your human resources department will see that you just posted your résumé, then you could sign up for daily or weekly job alerts tailored to your interests instead. Most major job sites offer them.
You also don’t want to fall in the latter category, i.e., you don't want to stay to the end of your days to avoid the resigning process. While many employees feel a great sense of loyalty to their firm, it’s not reciprocal. In truth, all of us are replaceable in our jobs and companies will move on long after we’re gone. And when you’re really gone, do you want your gravestone to read “Sean was a loyal worker who did everything for his company?” Hopefully there are other things you’d rather be remembered for.
So, quit in style.
1. Timing. People always ask, “Should I give two weeks' notice or longer before I leave?" Take a look at your contract and follow what it says; two weeks is the usual. While it may help your boss more to have a month or more notice, it’s not necessarily going to help you. You may find colleagues start treating you differently or excluding you from projects, and you’ll be ready to leave long before a month is up.
2. People. While it can be very exciting to announce to friends and co-workers that you got into graduate school, you’re moving or you accepted your dream job, wait. Even among your closest colleagues, these things can slip out unintentionally in casual conversation. Your boss may find out long before you intended to tell her. That will make things – and you especially – very uncomfortable.
3. Paper. Even if you're not required to submit a written notice of resignation, do it. Type up a simple note that states you're resigning from your position and request that your last day of work be whatever date you’ve chosen. You don't have to go into detail about where you’re headed or why you’re leaving.
4. Exit interview. Your company may schedule an exit interview with HR. You're not obligated to tell them everything about why you’re leaving. In fact, if you really feel like trashing your boss, save that for close friends and family. HR may get a call from your future employers asking about your personal qualities.
5. Email. Pay attention to the norm at your office. Have other people who’ve left the company blasted an “I’m leaving! See you at the beach!” message to all company employees, or only sent it to a select group? You should follow suit. If your boss or HR asks you specifically not to send something out, you should only send a note to your closest colleagues with your contact information, or do it in-person.
6. Old-fashioned notes. A really nice touch is to compose handwritten notes for your close colleagues and boss. These should touch on why you’ve enjoyed working with them and include your contact information. This is something that people don’t easily forget.
Quitting is not easy, but it’s a given in life, and there is an appropriate and inappropriate way to do it at the office. While you will be moving on to a new adventure and out of sight, you won’t be out of mind if you follow these guidelines. Most companies ask for contact information for past employers and you want the feedback to be positive. You’re in control – don’t let their comments be otherwise.
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Did not see any mention of GOING POSTAL as you quit your job.
That might not be considered "quitting your job in style".
But, it certainly does make a statement.
Concern about lawsuits is why most employers only confirm dates of employment, your position, and salary. Not all jobs are so peachy they are worth keeping down the road. Check with your State for any additional legalities that may protect you.
Having been in construction, as with many manual labor jobs, you are paid by the hour. Unless you are a supervisor the white collar attitudes do not apply as strictly. If you are hired at 10:00 AM and let go three days later at 3:00 PM you will be paid for the hours worked (hopefully). Usually no more or no less. But when you decide to leave the boss will ask you to stay until the work is completed. I have filled out 134 W4 forms in 47 years of construction. Sometimes a legitimate lay-off for actual lack of work occurs. Usually the company is keeping the "YES MEN" and moving them around and letting some of the best workers go to keep them. Nepotism is one big thing to consider. I never would take verbal abuse or endanger my work mates or myself for a few dollars. When I quit I have done so in a number of ways. Take my tools to lunch and never return (extreme). Ask my foreman for an afternoon check or they can mail it (reverse the old saying as a foreman lays you off <> "Nothing personal"). I have given the exception bosses notice of my wanting to leave. Once in a while I would be offered a position or more money to stay. If the company has 300 people doing similar work and you get caught in a one man lay-off when the foreman hands you your pink slip I always responded with "Thank You. I didn't like working here anyway" NO HAND SHAKE !!!
The best part about having a construction trade is that you can sell you trade skills without another person's company. That gives you a great sense of independence. I have worked for lots of companies with the idea that if there was a job closer to home, paying overtime or more suited to my specialties in expertise, abusive or stupid management, pay checks are not forth coming regularly I would quit, trying not to burn bridges of the better companies. I have worked for many of them as many as 10 times on different projects. Loosing your temper / cool is not an option. It is counter productive as it shows lack of resolve and confidence in yourself. Both my kids hire head hunters that are always looking to get them better jobs as soon as they settle in to the last one they acquire. They have stayed with companies as long as 6 years before moving and as short as 6 months in uncomfortable jobs. They are making between $50K and $120K.
once I gave 3 weeks notice to my corporate boss in another state, in a nice phone call. I announced the 3 deals that I would close in the coming 2 weeks, and also my plan to drive all files and drop my company car at hdqtrs in the third week, plus transition all accounts to a person in corporate.
That night a hdqtrs. employee rang my doorbell, out of the blue, he had just flown in. He was at my home to collect my files, my company car and keys, and he had a termination check for me, effective THAT date. I stood to lose 3 weeks pay. Fortunately, my new employer took me 2 weeks early, so I only lost 1 week of pay.
Life is tough. Do the right thing . . but right for who ?
Your contract? Who TF gets a contract? 99% are at will employees. How much notice would they give you if they showed you the door?
My good friend quit Toyota's coporate office in California a month a go. She couldn't take the morons runnings the place anymore. In fact she was surprised anyone would buy a Toyota after what goes on behind the scenes there.
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