But the moment you decide to quit the company to pursue something better, you start preparing your mind for the transition. You know you are fully settled to the place, so it needs a lot of efforts to start something afresh. You have to tell your mind to move forward no matter how hard it is.
The moment you accept some other offer and get ready for the new role, you start looking for a graceful and organized way to leave the company. And if fall under this category, this article can be of your help. Treat this phase positively and go out on a good note.
1. Do not speak of resigning to anyone at your workplace: Until you have actually resigned, do not mention about it to anyone. Gossip of someone quitting travels like wildfire and even if the boss does not find out, if you end up staying — it can be embarrassing and lead to awkward questions.
2. Start preparing lists: The moment you decide to resign you need to prepare a list about what you are going to do in coming days. You need to prepare the following lists:
a. List of people you want to tell personally that you are leaving: It is important to inform friends and colleagues that you are leaving so that they do not know it from another person which might affect your relationship. Try and maintain the strong relationship you have built over the period of time.
b. List of projects: Prepare a list of projects you are currently working on. This will be useful as you form a transition plan so you can leave on a good note.
c. List of items that you want to take home: You might want to carry those picture frames, plants, and important documents like W-2 forms and pay-stubs to your home.
3. Talk to the HR: You might like to discuss certain things with the HR. In fact, a 20-minute conversation can be immensely helpful for you prior to leaving your company. Use these conversations to clarify important details like:
a. Process around transitioning your benefits.
b. Your obligations such as the mandatory notice period.
c. How you can address issues such as outstanding expenses, corporate credit cards, etc.
d. Know about your outstanding pay, vacation and how and when that will be settled.
4. Schedule a conversation with the boss: Make sure your boss is in the office on the day you resign. Then schedule conversation with your manager and HR. You can also formally resign to your HR representative and later speak to your manager.
5. Prepare your script: You need to prepare a script so that you keep it spiel brief and state reasons for your departure. If you aren’t happy, looking for a change, be up-front but polite about it. Sometimes, people say what is bad about the current job. Avoid this.