7 Things to Not Do When You Resign

Posted January 22, 2019

So you’ve decided to resign from your job. And while there are plenty of things to do to make sure all the pieces are in place for your big day (more on that in another post), there are also several things you shouldn’t do.

First and last impressions matter. You must have made a good one from the start because they hired you. But are you prepped to make a good last impression too?

Here are seven things you should NOT do when you resign.

Don’t leave on bad terms

As good as it might sound to walk into a bad manager’s office, slam down a resignation letter (or worse, announce your resignation and leave that same day) fight the temptation to do so. It’s a smaller world than you think, and business owners and managers talk to each other. Your name might precede you to your next interview--and not in the best way. So make sure to be polite and respectful, thank your boss for the opportunities you’ve had to grow during your time with the company, and let them know you wish the best for them.

Don’t badmouth the company, your boss or your coworkers

Remember that thing we said about not leaving on bad terms? Badmouthing is one of the fastest ways to create those bad terms. It’s never a good idea to talk about people behind their backs and badmouthing the people you work with (or for) could earn you a name in the work world as untrustworthy and a backstabber.

Don’t complain about your pay

Now that you’re leaving, it could be tempting to vent about the things that have been irking you (and maybe your reason for leaving) like your pay. Just don’t. Need we say more?

Don’t slack off

When you’re wrapping up your work, it can be tempting to just wander the office and chat with everyone for the next few weeks before you depart. Instead of wasting company resources (and causing others to do the same while chatting with you) focus on how you could leave the company better off than when you started. Create guides and standard operating procedure manuals to help your replacement and ensure the company keeps running smoothly after you leave.

Don’t skip the goodbyes

Goodbyes can be tough, and it might seem easier to just sneak out the door (or not show up on your last day). And while you don’t have to visit each desk unless, of course, you’ve developed close friendships throughout the office, it’s definitely important to send a farewell message to your office. Keep it light, tell them that you are starting a new job, traveling, retiring, etc, and give them your contact info should they wish to keep in touch.

Don’t talk up your new position

The fact that you are leaving your job for another one says pretty clearly that you’ve found something that better suits your financial or career goals. You don’t have to keep it a secret, but you shouldn’t flaunt it either. Be respectful of your colleagues and your soon-to-be former company by sharing when asked, but not oversharing.

Don’t write your feelings down

While a resignation letter is a must, don’t put in writing any bad feelings toward your boss or company. Now isn’t the time to air your grievances. Words in writing can have a strange way of coming back to haunt you. So keep your written words polite and to the point. That’s not to say you shouldn’t handle the issues you’re leaving behind. If it’s appropriate, discuss the things that have bothered you with either HR, your boss or your coworkers. Just avoid putting those feelings in writing.

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