When planning to quit your current job, remember this rule: “How you finish is as important as how you start,” so finish well and exit gracefully. They say that first impressions count, it should also be added that final impressions are durable. While employed, we tend to focus on all the factors that will earn us respect, influence, favor, power, acceptance, and inclusion with others. These factors are important and helpful when starting a new job, project, networking, or selling. But what happens when the project ends or you are ready to quit a job? How do you make your exit work to your advantage? Your departure can be beneficial in many ways, such as
We can gracefully exit a job or volunteer organization by making some preparations that will make our exit smooth and impressions last. The following are some ways to gracefully exit any job or project.
Let people know it’s important by remembering to say thank you.
If your organization or project has a small number of people, consider giving out thank you cards that are personally addressed to everyone you have worked with. On the card, state at least one way that person has had a positive impact on your life or work. If you don’t get any positive impact, share with them a positive trait that you admire about them. Try not to be superficial or repetitive because your coworkers can share the card with each other later. If the organization is large, you can send a card or letter with a general but meaningful, well thought out, and even inspirational thank you. Feel free to use poetry (remember to quote the author) or quotes to make it inspiring.
When possible, leave projects or homework completed.
Getting someone else to understand your thinking or work style after you have left is difficult. Therefore, as much as possible, complete projects or to-dos, removing them from the to-do list for the next person to come after you and help your coworkers not to feel abandoned and overloaded due to your departure. .
Leave documentation to help the next person after you.
If you’ve ever worked in a fast-paced, high-intensity, unorganized company, you will appreciate the benefits of this advice. Leave a paper trail for the next person so they can quickly pick up where they left off. This does not have to replace the company’s procedures manual; It should be a simple document that helps with the unwritten ways of doing things. It should help the next person locate things, contacts, and other vital information that are not easily found.
Step out humbly and resist the urge to share opinions on what needs to be changed.
When we go out, we may be tempted to tell people how we really feel about them and what the company is doing wrong. Do not do it. You will not be there to defend your opinions or positions, so do not share what can be taken out of context. Sharing your opinions of how the company is going to hell in a basket without you will only serve to make you look arrogant and make your coworkers angry and feel abandoned. Your opinion can be requested in the exit interview or by a well-intentioned leader, if you must share, give ideas and solutions with your criticism. Remember balanced evaluation, not narrow-minded criticism.
Making a lasting final impression is about what the work leaves behind, not what it takes away from you. So make your last impression as memorable as your first and it will pay off down the road.