After a “should I quit, or shouldn’t I?” long uncertainty, you finally handed your resignation letter that was replied with a yes from your boss. Then what? Just because you’re leaving, it doesn’t mean that you’re free to do anything in your own way during your notice period, unless you want to wipe off all the hard work and reputation that you’ve built from day one at your workplace. To resign gracefully, here are the 4 things that you should avoid when you resign.
1. Be negative
I know that your boss and co-workers, or even the company regulations made you having through though times during your work tenure. However, no matter how stressful or irritating it has been, you must have learned something from working at the company, with those people. Hold your tongue from deriding any of them, because gabbling about your boss’ demanding attitude, or your company’s intolerably complicated policies, or how annoying your colleagues have been, would never reflect well on you.
It’s recommended to try to highlight the good things although it’s only a few days before you sign off. We want to leave in best terms possible because this is indeed a smaller world than we think. I hopped over 3 different companies only to find myself placed under the same division with the person I worked with at my first job. Moreover, you might find your new job to be not as pretty as promised that makes you want to come back to your previous company or need a reference to move to another company, thus burning the bridges might not be a good idea.
2. Be a freeloader
I’ve seen a lot of people spending their last days at the company coming late, taking long breaks, and strolling around the floor gossiping or simply doing nothing but finishing the packing. You would want people, especially who count, to remember you as reliable, and this one-month (or two in my case) notice period is your last shot to leave the impression to others if you indeed were. Many people would think that you are not interested in your work because you’re leaving shortly, but prove them wrong (although it might be true somehow) because, just like what I stated above, you might bump into your co-workers again and the reputation you leave with them could have a significant impact in the future.
Make sure that you do a smooth handover by preparing all your current assignments, along with the person in charge contact details, progress, deadlines, and even issues, that will make it easier for your replacement to take over your job once you’re already gone. If your replacement was already aboard, train him/her properly. Preserving a good attitude until your last day and making efforts to help during the transition will do you good.
3. Take the company property
I know that bringing confidential information might be tempting, that it might be your asset at the next company. However, it would hurt your credibility although you might get away from getting sued. If your future employer pushed you to take along your company client lists or property with you, you might want to ask yourself if they were really a right destination for you, because taking classified documents is against the ethical codes and asking you to do it simply reflects the (ugly) values that they believe in. Besides, if you finally decided to do it, do you think that the hiring company would not end up questioning your integrity and getting concerned if you would do the same to them?
4. Gone with the wind
Before you leave, take some time to say a proper goodbye to everyone, including your clients, suppliers, or co-workers from other departments; and let them be aware of your departure so that they could make appropriate adjustment. You might want to say it personally on top of the farewell e-mail you dispatch the second before you step out of the room. Don't forget to exchange contact details and also thank the people whom you have been working with.
Those were the 4 things you do not want to do when you resign in order to keep a good relationship with your former employer and co-workers. How you behave on your way out would give an impression of what kind of person you are, and whether or not people would hire you (back) in the future or give a good reference to your destination company. Remember, most industries are small enough for people to hear about the individuals they haven’t even met before. Therefore, leave the best note possible is always a good idea.