If you find yourself in a position where you have handed in your notice and you are seeing out your notice period then there are a few things we suggest you do to ensure you leave on good terms. Even if you’re not currently working your notice period this is good advice for when you do find yourself in that situation.
Leaving on good terms is hugely beneficial for you, as it will mean that you will more than likely leave with a good reference, you won’t burn any bridges with your current employer and your reputation won’t be tarnished. Here are our top 5 things to do and consider when leaving your current job:
No doubt you have a load of unfinished work, so be professional and offer a great handover. When you have gone your team or manager won’t be able to ask you any questions as you will be busy settling in to your new role. So be as helpful as possible and offer a robust and detailed handover so they can continue the work when you have left the business.
Don’t just give up working during your notice period. It doesn’t look good on you and it definitely won’t help with your reputation in the business. Yes we appreciate that you are leaving, but do you really want to leave on bad terms after everything you have done for the business? So keep going and helping the business until the very end.
Help your replacement
If the business has been able to hire your replacement and get them in before you leave then try your best to get them up to speed. More times than not you will only have a week or two with them, so help them, guide them and introduce them to the key stakeholders in the business, and you will be able to leave knowing that you have done all you can to help them hit the ground running.
Being positive with your colleagues throughout your notice period is important. If you are in a position where you feel you had to leave because you didn’t enjoy working for the business it doesn’t mean that gives you license to be negative about the company.
If you don’t have anything positive to say then don’t say anything at all…. it’s not worth it. So be professional throughout and bite your tongue. If you want to express your concerns with the business, the best way to do this is in the exit interview. This is what this process is for.
Keep in touch
You never know what the future holds, so stay in touch with your colleagues and manager and leave on good terms. We have seen countless candidates move back to companies they have worked for in the past. So don’t burn bridges and keep doors open.
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