How to gracefully leave a job

It’s decided: you resign. Leaving a job is more difficult than it sounds, however… Our tips for saying “Bye bye boss! “…in all civility.

1. Keep a cool head
You’ve just learned that you weren’t chosen to lead a major project, or that you didn’t get the raise you were promised… In these moments of frustration, the temptation is great to walk straight out the door and slam the office door.

While this may give you momentary satisfaction, you may regret it later, especially if you didn’t take the time to weigh the pros and cons of this decision.

2. Assume that the world is small.
Even if you change jobs, chances are you’ll work in the same type of industry or business afterwards.

“We risk finding the same people in our path at some point,” explains Michel Pauzé, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pauzé Group. Who knows, your new employer may decide to partner with your old boss. And if these people have to talk about you, they will rely on what you left as a general impression.

3. Discuss human to human
When you were hired, you were welcomed and your working conditions were discussed. When you resign, you must show the same respect and meet with your immediate supervisor to inform him/her of your decision. If he or she is far away, use the telephone.

Again, even if you are leaving because you are unhappy, you must resist the urge to jump at this opportunity to rave against the company. Instead, focus on your ambitions or values that no longer fit with your position in the organization. “You can, for example, explain that you’re aiming for greater responsibilities that can’t be given to you in the current context or that the division of labour no longer suits your family situation,” says Pauzé.

4. Don’t let the formalities get in the way
A letter of resignation placed on the boss’s desk while he or she is away, or an e-mail is the best thing to do if you want to provoke animosity towards you.
The letter should be delivered after the discussion with your supervisor,” says Pauzé Group President and CEO. Otherwise, you might miss out on some of the benefits of leaving, such as negotiating a bonus for completing a project. »

Depending on whether or not one has found another job, it is a good idea to give at least two weeks’ notice to make the transition. But if you’re working on a big project, you can also offer to finish it or to train the person who will replace you. “Professionalism means putting yourself in the employer’s shoes and adopting a positive and constructive attitude,” adds Michel Pauzé.

5. Don’t go “wild”.
You interact with your colleagues every day. The least you can do is inform them of your decision by greeting them or sending them an e-mail. “Phrases such as “Poor you, I pity you for standing there” are obviously to be banned from the message. Emphasize the positive,” warns Michel Pauzé.

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