Planning to quit your present job? Learn how to do it gracefully

While quitting your job means the beginning of a new chapter, breaking the news to your boss can be disconcerting. Here's how to do it the best way.

Have you found a better job opportunity and need to quit your present job? Or are you planning to start something on your own and are planning to bid adieu to your current organization? While different employees may have different reasons to quit a job, informing your boss and your colleagues about this decision can be an unnerving experience.  

Some of the common doubts in your mind often revolve around these questions:

  • When is the best time to put down my paper?
  • What reason will I give for resigning? 
  • What will be the reaction of my bosses and colleagues?
  • Will there be any questions or negotiation after I send my resignation notice?
  • How can I avoid any kind of uncomfortable or awkward questions around my resignation?

Yes, often the situation may seem sticky. To help you sail through this period and leave your job gracefully, here are some helpful hacks! 

1. Consider your decision carefully

Never resign due to an impulsive reaction at the workplace. Putting down your paper should always be a well-thought-out decision. Before making up your mind to leave your job, analyse the following:

  • The pros and cons of your present job
  • The pros and cons of your future plan
  • The options available to you after your resignation
  • The kind of relationship you have with your current organization
  • The reason for quitting your current role

Inform about your resignation in person 

The ethical practice of resigning is to resign in person always. Tell others about your decision only after you convey it to your manager/boss. Try not to publicise the news too much. Be honest and voice your decision to your superior sincerely. This will avoid any awkwardness between you and your seniors/peers at work. 

3. Write an authentic and professional resignation letter

Once you have told your manager about your decision to leave the company, the next crucial step is to write a well-meaning formal resignation letter to all concerned parties such as your manager, super bosses, and the HR department. 

The letter should clearly state the date you wish to be relieved, the notice period you will serve, the date you are surrendering your position in the company and most importantly your reason for leaving. 

The letter should be to the point and should end with a note of thanks to the people and the company for their support in your professional journey so far.

Serve your notice period diligently

4. Serve your notice period diligently- blog
Serve your notice period prescribed by the company and cooperate for all exit formalities.

You should know that if you resign, the company will have to find your replacement to fill in your position. This may take a month or two. This is why you are expected to serve a notice period so that your absence does not impact the overall working of your team or the company in general.  Here are a few things you should do once your resignation is accepted:

  • Comply with the company’s prescribed notice period. 
  • Keep doing your work with utmost dedication till the very last day
  • Cooperate with your team during the handover process of your tasks and responsibilities
  • Share all the relevant work-related documents, files, project details etc with concerned team members keeping your manager in the loop 
  • Pitch in to help the hiring 

5. Clear all your dues and complete all your pending tasks

Leaving unfinished work makes you look disrespectful and irresponsible. If you want to leave with a positive professional image in the company, make sure you close all the pending work that you had started right before your decision to leave the organization. All high priority tasks should be completed or handed over to relevant team members so that the projects don’t suffer in any way.

In case you have any financial debts with your company, ensure that you clear it all before your last day at work.

Remain grateful and keep all differences aside on your farewell day

If you want to leave a positive impression on your co-workers, peers, and seniors at work, make sure you personally address each person and thank them for their contribution in your pursuit of success. Despite all the grudges you may have nurtured during your stay in the company, or difference with a co-worker, keep everything aside and embrace each one for whatever support they may have extended to you during your time in the company. 

Do not criticize anyone or the organization in general. 

Now that you have read these points, leaving your job doesn’t seem so complicated and uncomfortable, right? 

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