Originally posted on Recruiter.com September 25, 2013.
Be the Best Quitter You Can Be!
Breaking up is hard to do, and so is quitting. Some people dread quitting to the point that they’ll stick around in a job that they hate, just to avoid that 20-minute conversation. Others look at quitting as some sort of betrayal or failure. The fact remains that sometimes (most times) it just has to be done. Unless you’re still slingin’ cokes at the skating rink, odds are you’ve had to quit at least once, and you’ll have to quit again.
Quitting is just a part of business and life. While employees can’t predict or control the way that their employer will react to their decision to leave the company, they can control the impression they leave. There is no black and white when it comes to professional courtesies, so this can be rocky ground. Here are a few things to consider when making the move toward the door:
Shut Your Trap
It can be hard to keep from voicing plans to leave with co-workers. These are the people that we spend the most time with, and forge relationships with, but office gossip can muddy the waters quickly. Water cooler talk gets around fast, and there’s no closing Pandora’s box once it’s opened. If and when word gets back to the higher-ups, employees looking to leave could be looking at more time unemployed than they had anticipated. As a manager, finding out from a different source that an employee is planning on leaving can be insulting, and the next step will be to find a replacement. If that replacement is found before the employee is financially ready to move on, hard times could be ahead. Read more…