How to Leave Your Job Gracefully
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- •When asked why you are leaving, give general reasons.Such as a new opportunity, an easier commute or a better fit for your family. Avoid any talk of mistreatment or other complaints.
- •If you have to vent, do it elsewhere and only with family and friends.Making a scene or trying to get vigilante justice may feel good, but offenders usually become the subject of gossip and cautionary lore around the office.
- •Keep in mind you may encounter bosses and colleagues or their friends as future customers or co-workers.
- •Set a lunch date one or two months in the future with the four or five colleagues you value most.Thank them for the specific ways they helped to shore up valuable relationships.
- •In exit interviews, give more positive than negative feedback. Be calm and diplomatic.Exit-interview responses are usually confidential, but executives can sometimes figure out who gave critical feedback.
- •Help others to pick up your responsibilities.
- •Set a goal to leave with your reputation and relationships intact.
- •Work hard until your last day is over.If you’re forced to do the perp walk, “have a smile on your face, even if that’s not how you feel."