As one third of UK workers contemplate changing jobs in 2015, many of you may be anxious about how best to leave your current position for pastures new. Here are seven top tips to ensure a smooth transition between roles.
1. Review your contract
Before resigning, review your contract for non-compete clauses, notice period and intellectual property and ensure you are not breaching any terms of your employment by resigning.
2. Give enough notice
Give your employer the required notice but offer to stay for longer. If possible, work through your notice period to give your employer time to assess the impact of your departure, complete a handover and provide your replacement with training if necessary.
3. Maintain your performance
Those who know you are leaving will be watching how you work. To leave with respect and well-wishes, try not to let your performance waver in your final days/weeks and instead, resolve to go out on a high.
4. Prepare a good handover
If you do not provide your replacement (or boss) with a proper handover, or at least prepare a document with instructions, colleagues will make assumptions about your performance after you leave. Did you actually know what you were doing or just pretending? Leaving a well-considered, thorough handover will mean colleagues will maintain their respect for you and your work even after you are gone.
5. Maintain your integrity
Are you owed holidays or pay? Address these carefully and do not assume an entitled attitude. You could consider giving your employer the option of buying back your owed holidays. Also refrain from taking “freebies” such as stationery and making lengthy non-work related phone calls during your notice period, as this will only cast you in a poor light.
6. Be constructive in your exit interview
This is not the time to air all of your grievances and go on a negative rant. Instead, start with positives like why you enjoyed your role and express gratitude for the time you have spent there. Follow this with constructive recommendations on how your employer could improve in future or how the role could change. Finally, end on a positive such as your excitement about your new challenge or offer to stay in touch.
7. Stay in contact
Be sincere in offering to remain in contact with your colleagues. We’ve all heard the phrase, “It’s not about what you know, but who you know”, so avoid burning bridges. Ensure the relationships you have worked hard to build with your colleagues are not left to fall. After all, you never know how they could impact your future.