In today’s post, I will talk about style from the perspective of the way in which you do something. On August 31, 2016, I will leave my second home. No, not Chipotle but close. I will leave a place that has been my sole employer since 2002 to take on a new opportunity! I am thrilled about this new venture but also anxious. Honestly, my employer is a place of comfort that I have grown quite familiar with over the years. They have seen me through the death of my mother, my wedding, the birth of both of my children and so much more. This place has been such a foundation in developing me professionally while also appreciating me for me. I work in HR…. Yes, me. These people actually let me work in Human Resources. Ha! You probably thought I was a trap go-go dancer by trade…. But, I am not. I work with people everyday. I guide managers through difficult situations, constantly recruit for staffing needs, employee relations and so on.
Being in HR, I have seen a variety of people come and go. Some people leave with grace and others… Well, not so much. As professionals, it is important to think holistically about the choices we make and the consequences they have. In some situations, people can be so entranced with frustration that when the time comes to resign, they use it as an opportunity to cuss er’body out and get violent… Don’t do that. Please. Don’t.
I mean, at least not to their face. Maybe mumble it as you are walking away. But since I love where I work I am leaving feeling happy. If you are not as fortunate as me, there are some unwritten rules and do’s & don’ts to resigning from your job.
Resign with tact.
Do - Resign in person. Although, it may be difficult to have the conversation with your direct supervisor it is proper etiquette. Even if you really dislike your supervisor I encourage you to put on your “big girl/boy” undies and get it done. If you have a good relationship with your supervisor consider being transparent about your decision, the new opportunity, and your transition plan. If the relationship isn’t the best, feel free to keep it short and sweet.
Don’t - Resign via text, email, snapchat, facebook live, or anything else that makes it impersonal. Unless it is Ab.so.lute.ly necessary.
Give proper notice.
Do - Follow up your in-person conversation with a written notice. Your written notice should include your last day. Your last day should ideally be at least 2 weeks from the day the notice is given. This gives your employer time to plan for your departure and provide you with time to wrap up current projects. It also gives you an opportunity to highlight your contributions to the organization one last time.
Don’t - Show up to work, announce you are quitting, and never come back.
Do - Remain professional and leave on a good note. Talk about the positive impacts the job has had on you and vice versa.
Don’t - Burn bridges, you many need to cross them again. Even if you thought the place was a hell hole - remain professional. You may come across your boss, colleagues, etc. again so leave tastefully.
Do - Send emails to people you work with on a regular basis. Your clients, colleagues, vendors, etc. may appreciate hearing about your departure from you. Be sure to follow company policy.
Don’t - Yell across the office “Fuck this shit, bruh! I'm outta here.” Flips desk, coworkers clutch pearls, security shows up, and now you’re on the 5 o’clock news… #LeSigh
Make a checklist.
Do - Create a list of things to remember. What happens with your insurance? When does your coverage end? Are accrued but unused PTO/vacation days paid out or is it “use it or lose it”? Will your last paycheck be direct deposited or mailed? What about your retirement plan? How do you roll it over?
Don’t - Make assumptions, get clarity. Don’t assume that submitting a 2 week notice means that you have 2 weeks of employment left. In the some industries, people get walked out the same day they resign due to the protection of sensitive information.
These are just a few tips to help you think about your exit. The most important takeaway is never do anything to jeopardize your future growth. The style in which you do something has lasting effects - be smart. Are there other tips? Please share them below.