So I’ve finally given my notice at Job A and I start Job B on 8/31, after a well-deserved vacation at Myrtle Beach, SC.
Amidst all the clamor of trying to put my work into order for the next guy, I have started the process of saying goodbyes to my boss, coworkers, and my clients. I find that saying goodbye is oftentimes the hardest part of leaving a job. Unfortunately, in my career, I’ve had to do this more than once, so I’ve found a few rules generally help.
1. Be kind. It doesn’t matter what the other person said or did, you always want to leave on a good foot.
2. Point out things that you learned from the people you worked with. This also helps out with leaving on a good foot as it builds up other’s self-esteem and esteem of you.
3. When there were difficulties, be frank about them, but not mean, if you choose to mention them at all.
4. Point out your wishes for them in the future. This particularly applies to dealing with clients, as they may need final suggestions on what to work on with the next person, but it applies also to supervisors and coworkers, as it gives them hints as to why you are leaving.
5. Be brief. Don’t drag it out.
6. Respect others if they aren’t ready to say goodbye the way you want to hear it. They have their own ways of dealing with your departure.
Any other suggestions that you guys have found to be helpful?