How To Resign Without Burning Bridges
Resigning can be an emotional process. You’ve given your all to a company, and maybe you haven’t felt valued, or perhaps you were, but you’re just so over it that you can barely stand to walk in the door anymore. We get it. Whatever the case, being so close to the finish line is not the time to slack off or let any potential resentment come through; “adios suckers, I’m outta here” is maybe not a good way to leave things.
Professional relationships are powerful. This fact is true at any age, any industry and any field of work. Whether you like working with someone or for xyz company is not important. Reputations stick with us and while there will always be someone willing to give you a chance despite what your previous employer had to say, flipping someone off or burning bridges is not worth it. You never know when you may need those relationships and it’s just much nicer (for you both) to leave on good terms. Here’s how to resign without burning bridges:
Examine your motives for leaving
About one in four people who quit their job wish they hadn’t. Before you take any action, think about why you’re resigning in the first place. Were you tempted by a salary increase? An office with a slide or fully stocked bar fridge? Consider if your motives are impulsive or truly good for what you seek in your career. If you leave based on superficial things, not only will you likely lose some respect from the company you’re leaving but the chances are high that you will leave the next one pretty quickly, thus burning bridges with them, too. If your motives are pure, this always shines through. No one can condemn you for leaving to follow a path that truly resonates with you; whether that’s about more work responsibility, more financial recognition or more flexibility to regain some “you” time.
Approach the resignation with poise and respect
Once you have thoroughly self-analysed and decided that leaving is the best thing for you, it’s time to let your company know. Best practice for this is to request a meeting and do it in person. In preparation, you should craft a letter which details that you will be resigning effective of xyz day. Whatever your feelings about them today, remember that you would have had good times and learnt something. Thank them for this in the letter and in the meeting. If they ask for feedback — this one is important, guys — it’s OK to express grievances constructively. However, if you do not have the control to do this constructively and yelling is the only impulse coming up, bite hard and keep it in!
Keep tempo up until the finish line
We understand it is tough to keep motivated and engaged when you’re working out your notice. However, slacking off is not going to bode well for your reputation and maintaining good relationships. Take pride in your reputation and your work, keep on delivering as though it was your first day; the end will come quickly, and the appreciation that you kept doing good work will fill you with pride on your last day.
The world is small and gossip is rife within industry and recruitment circles. Leaving things on a bad note is a sure fire way to get flagged as someone that raises uncertainty. In a competitive market, even minor negative comments can be the difference between you getting the role or someone else nudging ahead.
Need help finding your next role? Launch recruitment can help you find the best role for the path you seek, as well as offer some solid insight and guidance on how to make change without ruffling feathers. Get in touch with us today.