Cinema and movies would have us believe that leaving your current employer or notifying them of your resignation is a gratifying/victorious experience. Film characters are portrayed as downtrodden employees finally getting their opportunity to "stick-it" to their greedy employer and move on to a more gratifying career. Unfortunately, reality does not mirror the silver screen. For many employees, the act of leaving their current employer for another is an anxiety inducing affair!
Leaving an employer can be extremely difficult for many people. This is especially true when their employer has treated them well, made them feel like they were "part of the family," or has entrusted them with a large amount of responsibility. It is not uncommon for a departing employee to feel concerned about the welfare of the organization (and its members) if they were to leave. Here are some great tips to ease your anxiety and facilitate a smooth transition.
Give as much notice as possible! The standard notice given is typically two weeks, but it is in your best interest to allot as much time as humanly possible. Your employer may need extra time to prepare for your departure, especially if a succession plan is not in place or your position requires specialized knowledge or training.
Leave a road map for your successor! The entirety of your position should be clearly defined on paper (and we aren't talking about your job description). Instead of creating a list detailing what you do, create a map that describes how you complete your tasks and responsibilities efficiently.
Be courteous and set your employer up for success! Your employer is going to do everything in their power to set you up for success in your next role. Do your best to repay them with a great review online or recommend them to a colleague, this simple act can really assist them in finding your replacement and ease the possible tension.
The art of resigning can essentially be distilled down to "be a good person." Even if you are not a fan of the employer you are leaving, it is in your best interest to be professional and do them a favor. After all, they may see that they lost a real gem of an employee and change for the better!
Chief Talent Strategist
Eden Resources, LLC