How to Quit Your Job Without Burning Any Bridges | The Art of the Smooth Move

Saying goodbye is one of the most difficult things to do. Even in those cases where we know goodbye is in our best interest, many people still dread making it happen. When it comes to leaving a job, you want to make sure that you don’t burn any bridges just in case your life crosses paths again with someone you used to work with. The worst thing that could happen is that you have a reputation that is less than favorable. The following are six ways to quit your job without burning any bridges.

1. Give More Than a Two-Week Notice

While it is standard to give a two-week notice when you leave a job, it is best to give your employer as much time as you can before you depart, if possible. The truth of the matter is that it takes a long time to find a replacement, so the more flexible you can be, the better.

2. Tell Your Boss in Person

We live in a digital world with email, text message, and social media, so it may seem that communication is best served this way. However, it is not the best idea to send a resignation letter using any of these mediums. A face-to-face meeting is the best way to break the news without opening the door of resentment. Telling your boss in person shows compassion and thoughtfulness for them and the company.

3. Be Transparent About Your Reasons for Leaving

It isn’t mandatory that you give your employer the exact reason for your departure, but if you are not looking to burn bridges then the more transparent you are, the better. Being vague about your reasons only leaves room for speculation, which tends to be negative based on our human nature to think the worst. The only caveat to this is if you are leaving because of disdain for the company or the people who work there. In that case, I would probably embellish a little or stay away from specifics.

4. Give 120% Until You Leave

Most employers fear that once someone has resigned that they will not give 100% in their current role until they leave. In fact, employers would be grateful for 60%. With that said, it is important that you show your boss that you are committed to your job while you are there. Going above and beyond the call of duty even after you have submitted your resignation gives your employer the right picture of the impression you want to leave.

5. Offer to Train Your Replacement

Most employers dread having to train new employees, especially if it’s a position that they don’t have as much knowledge about or interaction with. Offering to train your replacement not only shows good faith but also signifies that you are not leaving your position in bad terms. It also signals that you still care about the company and have its best interest at heart.

6. Keep in Touch

Whether you do so formally or informally, keeping in touch with your old employer is a great way to make a smooth move. When lines of communication are open, you keep a favorable view of yourself within your boss’ mind, which will work in your favor in the event that you need them in the future.

All in all, making a departure from your employer will not be an easy task, but if you do it right you can keep the doors open just in case. What are some of the ways that you have resigned? Are there other ways to make a smooth move that have worked for you?

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