A lot of professionals falter on this step. I have seen many making huge damages to their reputation in the last days they work for a company. here are a few pointers for people who are thinking of changing the job.
Any industry you work in is closely knitted. so if you leave a bad impression in the organization whom you worked for chances are it will catch up with you. most of companies do back ground check and if you have not been proper with you last employer they will not hire you. so this is a very sensitive issue take real care with this matter. following will guide you a little.
Telling the news
1. Always take your immediate boss in confidence. take time and explain to him/her about your decision and why are you making it. If its studies mention that you wish to enhance your career. If there is a possibility you will like to come back.
2. The reason for your switch if you are making one should never be communicated as money (though some times its the reason) but you need to paint a bigger picture, career growth, technology change and change of work type are some of the good and sensible reasons. If you state money as the reason you are hurting your image.
3. Choose a good time to tell the news. If the boss is busy or in a crunch situation wait for things to settle down. If he/she is already in pressure be considerate, wait for a day or two. Even if you are at good terms the bad timing of your news can put him off.
4. Try to let your immediate boss know of your decision before you disclose to any one else in organization. rumors are dangerous so if you discuss with your colleagues and then inform your superior things might get ugly.
Things to avoid
1. Never say bad comments for the company after you have tendered your resignation or left the organization. no matter how much you have suffered, it is taken negatively not only by the management but also by your colleagues whom you are communicating. this really seals the doors for your return. Also the industry is very well knitted and if you do some thing like this, your reputation in the industry takes a hit
2. Work hard till the last day. usually there is a tendency of productivity drop as soon as a resignation is put forward. people term it as a honey moon period. don’t do it. if you have been a good employee it should be so till your last minute in the organization
3. Always complete your notice period. it shows professionalism on your side. no matter how much the other company is pushing you to be on board ASAP. this shows even to them that you are a true professional and follow the norms of industry and they will respect you.
To summarize it all. the last days in any organization are as important as your first few days. if the initial days make your impression for stay in the organization the last days make the impression for your career ahead.
As one of my dear friend puts it. “Say a gentleman’s good bye”