These are difficult financial times for businesses and workers. Pink slips have become the norm. If you have received notice, do yourself a favor and leave graciously. Storming out or parting in a negative way will follow you for years. Loudly proclaiming for all to hear, that you have given the best years of your life, or muttering ďI canít wait to get out of this hell-holeĒ are things that will not serve you well.
Take care that you donít burn any bridges on the way out the door. When future employment opportunities arise, your former manager will most likely be called for a reference. Generally it is not your manager who answers the telephone, if you walk out name-calling and leave the office in an uproar, it is a picture not easily forgotten. You do not want your prospective employer to hear negative comments from receptionists and other gatekeepers. Think about the stories and snickers that you hear today about some former employee. Bad behavior is slowly forgotten; in some cases it is never forgotten. Bad financial times will not cloud memories.
Be mindful to take the high road when leaving, because it is not about your former boss, it's about you. immediately.
Here is a list of leaving the job doníts:
- Donít send your boss an e-mail and then walk out the door.
- Donít walk out in the middle of a workday never to return.
- Donít say nasty things before you go.
- Donít leave the company hurting as revenge for poor treatment you have received, ie, "Why should I do this or that, they are letting me go next week."
- Don't leave when there is an office or company emergency.
- Donít leave your keys on the bossís desk.
- Donít make it your business to tell everyone in the office how poorly the staff is treated.
- Donít destroy important documents.
- Donít take anything from your desk that does not belong to you personally. If you purchased an item with office money, it belongs to the office.
- Don't talk about your former boss in a negative way. Under no circumstances should you bad-mouth your boss while in an interview. You will not gain points, since your reasons may sound like excuses. "I had to leave because my boss was so incompetent"; "I left because he had it in for me"; "She had favorites". While some or all of this may be true, keep it to yourself.
The best action is to leave as quietly as possible. Later, youíll be glad that you took the high road.