You have given it plenty of thought and you just know that becoming a remote worker or digital nomad is the right step in your life.
When you’re at this crossroads in your career, it can be tempting to just throw caution to the wind and quit your job without a care for the future. However, no matter your reasons for quitting, you need to do it the right way. Not sure what to say when quitting a job? Let us help you!
As you prepare what you’re going to say to your boss, one thing should be on your mind – respect. How and what you say needs to be conveyed in a respectful manner so that you can leave your current position on a high note.
Think about quitting as the reverse experience of an interview. All of the preparation and attention to detail that you paid to landing your job should be given to your exit as well. Obviously, there are plenty of things you shouldn’t do when quitting.
You shouldn’t tell your boss last.
You shouldn’t leave your colleagues in a lurch. You shouldn’t make rash decisions. Most importantly, you shouldn’t burn bridges with your current employer.
You may decide at some point to enter the traditional employment arena again and your current employer could be the deciding factor in you getting another job.
Know what you need to say
Be clear on your message. As you prepare, it may be helpful to write out a list of the reasons why you’re leaving.
Even if you’re leaving on good terms, the conversation is going to be a touch awkward and probably difficult. You don’t want to stumble or appear uncertain, but you also don’t want to seem aggressive. Strike a tone that you’re firm in your choice and be prepared for potential questions.
Depending on the industry you’re leaving, it’s possible that your boss may have never heard of remote work, so expect to have to answer some questions.
Speaking of questions, be prepared for the hard to answer questions a boss might ask.
Are you resolute in your decision? Will you take a counteroffer? What if your boss asks you to bench the topic and resume it in a few days?
You should have answers on the ready for these sorts of questions. The more prepared you are, the better the meeting will go.
So, make sure you go directly to your manager when you’re ready to quit. You have control of the narrative; don’t let anyone get in the way of you and your boss. Having the news that you’re leaving come from anyone but you just looks poorly. Resign in person, and if that’s not an option, then a live Skype or video conference.
Calling your boss is permissible if these aren’t options but try to avoid a telephone call along with email.
Confirm resignation in writing
Finally, make sure you resign in writing. Even after your discussion with your boss, it’s professional to send the information in writing to him/her along with a copy to HR. This ensures there’s no confusion about your end date and that you clearly gave notice of your departure from the company.
It should be brief, but make sure you include the last day you plan to work, an explanation of why you’re resigning, and a few words of gratitude.
Remember that key word respect? Make sure that comes through in your letter as well.
Leave on a positive note
As your tenure with your company ends, make sure you finish strong. This means it’s not the time to goof off or tone out. Leaving on a positive note ensures your relationship is open to grow in the future.
Document processes and steps that might be useful to the worker replacing you is a great idea as well. Knowing what to say when you quit a job and keeping the process respectful gives you the ability to maintain open channels of communication.
Preserving professional references will help leave the door open to future possibilities. Hopefully, we’ve given you some ideas on what to say when quitting your job.