How Not to Quit Your Job: Advice for Leaving Without Burning Bridges

How Not to Quit Your Job: Advice for Leaving Without Burning Bridges

In the following article, Lewis Daidone discusses the professional way to leave your place of employment.

We’ve all had them. Job experiences that were so miserable that the thought of quitting once and for all made us dance with unbridled joy. Even though we might desperately want to blast the song “Take this Job and Shove It” as we leave the building, we should nonetheless control our emotions and exit professionally. Of course, “professionally” means different things to different people, so here is what you definitely shouldn’t do on your last day.

Don’t make a scene.

As satisfying as it might seem to quit a terrible job in a memorable way, it’s never wise to make a spectacle of yourself. For one thing, it’s possible that you could unknowingly violate an HR policy if your antics are extreme, and even if you don’t, your behavior would effectively eliminate any future possibility for references – and you want to avoid that all costs. Frankly, although it may seem temporarily appealing, you never want to be characterized as the bitter person who danced to Kanye West on YouTube.

Don’t tell your coworkers what you really think of them.

If you despise the people you work with, keep it to yourself, and definitely don’t commit your vitriolic feelings to email. You might feel as though you’d rather die than ask them for anything (like a recommendation), but the time may come when one of those people on the receiving end of your venom may be in a position of influence.

Don’t just disappear.

It is not professional and it causes disruption. It may even cause concern for your well-being.

When you quit your job, make sure you follow all the proper protocols: Give two weeks’ notice; write a letter of resignation; and do your best to provide proper training to your replacement. The basic Boy Scout campground rule applies here: “Leave it cleaner than when you found it.”

Lewis Daidone is a Certified Public Accountant and a consultant to tech companies and financial services firms.


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