I’m out and about today doing my first paid public speaking gig as Budget Blonde. 🙂 It should be pretty fun. I’ll be out at Rutgers University teaching some awesome high school students how to become millionaires. There will be talk of Beyonce. It should be epic.
So, in the meantime, please welcome my friend Brian who recently quit his job as a teacher to be a stay at home Dad and full time blogger. Many of you probably know him, but if you don’t, you totally should:
So you’ve finally given notice to the boss letting him or her know you will be leaving the company. It’s been a tough decision but as you explain, it’s simply time to move on. Now comes the tough part – sticking it out until the last day.
Whether there are six months or only two-weeks to go until your departure the ending will be difficult. However, it’s critical to know how to end your tenure at the company on a good note because…
You don’t know what the future will hold.
It may be true that you will never return to this organization. That will definitely be the case if you leave a sour taste in everyone’s mouth on your way out the door. Employers have a long memory and they will be very unlikely to re-hire a person who stirred up negativity or created frustration in their final days of employment.
Even deeper than that issue though is that you should want your good name carried forward. When people remember your time at the company, it should be with fondness and gratitude for all you accomplished.
Furthermore, you want your good name to be spoken well of within the industry. Don’t be naïve…employers do talk. Perhaps your name will come up in the conversation. The goal should be for your former employer to only have good things to say about you in that discussion.
With those things in mind, here are three things you can do to make the final weeks or months positive ones.
1. Always take the high road. There is a reason you are moving on to a new situation. Could be something as simple as a job opportunity that provides a higher salary and more lucrative benefits. But perhaps it’s due to a poor working environment, one where you have become disillusioned with the people at and the practices of the company.
Whatever the reason for leaving – don’t throw specific people or the entire company under the bus. Every job has its quirks and tensions to manage. It does no good to bring up these issues or spread negativity on items you a) haven’t talked about before, b) can’t resolve before you leave and c) will have no impact on solving in the future.
Rest assured the negative gossip you spread will eventually reach the ears of someone that matters. That person will be less likely to spread your good name forward with 100% enthusiasm.
2. Fight the tendency to let up. Because you are looking forward to another role, there is a tendency to check out emotionally in your current position. “After all,” we rationalize, “I’m only going to be here a short while longer. Why push myself to exhaustion for something I’m not committing to anymore?”
It’s critical to fight against this line of thinking. If we succumb to it our job performance will suffer and we will find no fulfillment in our last days. More importantly we will let people down who are counting on us to complete projects.
3. Help create a smooth transition. In the final days, do whatever you can to set the company up for success going forward. The transition needs to be as seamless as possible. It would set the organization back if you didn’t let your department know the status of current projects or where vital pieces of information were located.
Recently, after 17 years in education, I left to become a stay at home dad and full-time blogger. I knew at the very beginning of the school year that it would be my last. So over the next 9 months I made sure my curriculum notes were in order, my lesson plans were coded properly into our management software, and my outlines and handouts were organized. My thought was to make the transition easier for the incoming teacher who would take over my role. They could come in and pick right up where I left off.
All three of the points I mentioned today have one thing in common…they will have your employer singing your praises. Sure they may be sad to see you leave, but at least you haven’t given them an excuse to develop some negative feelings along the way. That could prove vital for your future success.
What else can you do to leave a good impression when you leave a job? How tough is it to fight against apathy when you know the end is near? What negative experiences do you have about leaving a company?
About the author: Brian Fourman is a former private school personal finance and Bible teacher now turned stay at home dad and blogger. His hobbies include rental real estate, running, cooking and sports. In his down time, he loves hanging out with his four kids and hearing his wife talk about all the cool things CPAs do at work. You can check him out providing encouragement and inspiration on his blog at Luke1428.com or by connecting with him on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.