Before Leaving, Pt. 2
In Resignations, Layoffs & Terminations By aprile

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Finally, you’ve made the decision.  You’re leaving your job behind.  Congratulations.  Hopefully to move on to bigger and better things no doubt. You have a list of things to take care of now.


As the clock starts clicking down to your last day, it’s almost guaranteed that you are completely, 100% going to lose interest in your job.  But do NOT let that ruin your professionalism. 

Stay Professional – What to take care of as the days go by. 
  • Don’t extend your breaks, and don’t start arriving to work late and leaving early.  Bad form, good person, bad form.
  • Work your last hours with gusto, getting things done and making things happen. 
  • If you are unable to complete an assignment, task or project, transfer it to the correct person successfully, helping them along the way with specific instructions, documents and direction. 
  • Don’t burn any bridges!  Hold your tongue to that co-worker who got under your skin or ate your marked lunch in the company fridge.  It’s so not worth it.  And be extra nice.  A bit cheesy, I know, but it helps keep work relationships in tact.  Much more important than letting off steam.
  • Schedule a final closing meeting with your boss or supervisor to go over any last details of any project, etc in order to cross your t's and dot your i's before you leave.
  • If there is a closing interview with HR, keep it cordial and respectful when answering questions.  This is not the time or place to vent either.
Doing these things will save your sanity during your last days.

 
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