There’s no getting around the awkwardness that comes with quitting a job even if you leave on the best of terms. Once you’ve made plans to move on, it’s tempting to duck out and make a hasty exit. This is especially the case if you’re unhappy with your current work environment. But it’s worthwhile to consider how you plan to give your notice and what that will say about you as a person.
The Minimal Effort Approach
You never cared for this job in the first place. Your co-workers are inconsiderate and your boss is unpredictable. You’ve already scored a new job and couldn’t care less about references from these guys. t your notice in a curt text message to your boss or call “out” and follow up with an aside about giving your notice. Those last two weeks are a joke. You hardly do anything when you do show up to work. You’re already daydreaming about your new job and how much better it’s going to be.
Giving your notice with one foot already out the door makes you look about as unprofessional as you can be. Even if you are unhappy in a job, it’s best to give your co-workers and supervisor a little consideration. Cutting out and leaving projects unfinished burdens everyone you are leaving behind. Don’t burn your bridges. You never know how well that new job will actually work out. You may find yourself calling up your old supervisor to see if they’ll either take you back. Or you might end up needing that job reference you thought you could get by without.
The Passive but Polite Method
You want to bow out of this job with grace but your boss is a little terrifying. Things are uncomfortable and that’s half the reason why you decided to leave. You know it’s important to give an official statement of resignation. So you draft a professional letter and leave it on your boss’s desk when they aren’t around. All you know is, you don’t want to be around to see their face when they get the news.
Leaving a job can feel like an uncomfortable break-up. You don’t want to have to explain yourself or why you’re unhappy. You want them to acknowledge it, accept it, and let you go. But being a coward in a professional break-up doesn’t do you any favors. A good supervisor will respect you for taking the initiative to change the situation. If you approach your departure with confidence, you’re sure to leave on a high note.
The Gracious Professional Departure
The best way to go about giving your notice is in a face-to-face private conversation. You want everyone to know that you are leaving with mixed feelings. You want them to know you appreciate the opportunities you’ve had there. You don’t have to have a heart-to-heart with your boss about every little reason you are leaving. An in-person conversation allows them discuss the logistics, and even congratulate you. Keep those professional ties intact so you can use them for future opportunities.