Leaving your employer on the best of terms

Well done!  You’ve accepted a new role, so it’s time to look ahead. Or is it?

Whilst you’ll be excited at the prospect of your new challenge, don’t forget the role you’ll be leaving behind. It’s always advisable to leave on the best possible terms – don’t burn your bridges, you never know if/when you’ll need your soon-to-be-ex colleagues. There may be future potential for sales opportunities. Who knows? So, here’s our top 6 hints and tips for leaving in the best possible way.

  • Notice your notice. If you’re in a permanent role, you’ll be obliged to give your current employer a period of notice. This could be one week, one month, three months, six months or a year – depending on your seniority. Either way, do your research and give your current employer adequate notice; it shows your class.

Top tip: Check your contractual status before handing in your resignation

  • Show respect. You might be out of the door in a month’s time, but others will not be. Be respectful to your colleagues, manager and the organisation and don’t antagonise other members of staff.

Top tip: When you’ve handed in your notice, carry on as if nothing has happened. Demonstrating euphoria will not endear you.

  • Wrap things up. You might be leaving because you have nothing to do, however, it’s unlikely. So, map out the list of works and offer to run through this with your line manager. A plan of what’s achievable in your last days (in the organisation) can be agreed.
    Top tip: Be organised and be honest with what can be done in the time left. Don’t leave any skeletons in the closet, either.

  • Handover notes. Take the time to write some thorough handover notes including useful information your colleagues will need. Be clear and concise. This could include passwords, access information, suppliers contact details. You get the idea.

Top tip: Be clear and understandable will help your colleagues in the long-term.

  • Exit interviews. Some organisations offer exit interviews and others don’t. However, if it’s offered, accept the opportunity to constructively guide your soon-to-be-ex employer as to how they could improve things for future employees. If you have a good relationship with your line manager and/or HR team, why not offer them an exit interview? You’ve worked hard for your employer and have now decided to leave, yet you still have some fondness – be kind. However, the offer of an exit interview might not be accepted.
    Top tip: Politely ask for the exit interview, but don’t press for it. Some firms are not keen of offering them.

  • Farewell drinks. Why not offer to organise a leaving event for all your colleagues in a nearby watering hole? This doesn’t mean buying everyone a drink, just a chance to say goodbye to your friends you used to work with. Have a laugh, share a tear and reflect.

Top tip: Have fun!

Now’s the time to look ahead. Well done, you’ve done a great job! On to the next challenge….

Roland Seddon, Managing Director, MRK Associates.

MRK Associates is a recruitment and career advisory company specialising in three distinct areas of professional employment – finance/accountancy jobs, office support/administration jobs and revenue management/yield jobs. Our main geographical focus is in the Northern Home Counties area (Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire and Bedfordshire) where we provide a personal, knowledgeable and professional service within these markets.

For more information, please telephone 01442 894555 or email: info@mrkassociates.co.uk

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