How to Quit your job the right way (without burning any bridges!)

How to Quit your job the right way (without burning any bridges!)

How to Quit your job the right way

You’ve had it.  You’re ready to leave, you’re ready to quit, you’re ready to walk out those doors and never come back.

You’re ready to quit your job.

We’ve probably all been there once or twice before. And, who knows, we might be there again relatively soon.  Some of us can’t predict how long a job will last, whether it’s going to be a few months or a few years, or even a few decades.  And while you may be so fed up with your boss, and may never want to speak to them again, we do advise that there is a rightway to quit your job and yelling at your boss that you’re out of there really isn’t it.

We know that quitting a job is never fun, and if you’re upset with your work conditions or how you’re being treated, you probably want to let them know how you feel as you walk out those doors for the last time.  And there are so many reasons why people quit their jobs… or why they should.  But there are certain reasons why you really shouldn’t do this -- and there a few tips we have on just how to quit your job.

Resign in a Suitable Way

Every job is different, but most require you to give notice if you plan on leaving. Typically, this notice needs to be two weeks in advance of your last day.  However, make sure you know how your company or workplace operates.  For all you know, they require longer or shorter periods of time and notice.

No matter how much you may want to,try not to declare that you are quitting one day at work.  Just don’t do it.  The goal is to leave your job with a good relationship still standing, and you really can’t have a good relationship with your boss if you just up and declare you’re leaving one day.

First of all, you never know when you’re going to see that boss or coworker again.  You may think that you’ll never see them or associate with them again… but how horrible would it feel to realize that, years down the line, you’re trying to get a much better job and find out that they are a boss or coworker of yours? 

You never know when you’ll see someone again, especially if you stay in the same career element. Therefore, make sure you leave on good terms!  One way to keep those relations friendly, or at the very least professional, is to make sure that you follow all company or business guidelines when resigning or quitting. 

So, if that means you have to put in your two weeks and hold in all your anger,for the time being, that’s what that means.  You won’t regret it, no matter how much you do want to yell at your boss.

Don’t Mentally (or Physically) Check Out

Once you put your two weeks’ notice in, it may feel like there’s no point in even showing up to work.  After all, they already know you’re leaving!  What’s the big deal?

Hear us out:  don’t check out mentally, and don’t check out physically in your last two weeks.  Make sure you continue to show up to work, on time, acting like the prime worker that you’ve been all along.  Don’t slack off, don’t blow off assignments or work.  Get the idea that you’re leaving far from your mind and remember that it’s all about keeping those work relations as professional as possible.

It doesn’t look good if you’re slacking for the last two weeks of your job -- and it might come back to bite you.

Stay positive, friendly, and offer to help with a possible transition

If you hold a job in a workplace that is relatively important, always make sure you let them know that you’re able to help with the transition in any way possible.  Again, it’s all about keeping these work relations professional and friendly.  You never know when you’ll see these people in a work setting again -- and you never know when you might need their referral or opinion on something.

Always try to stay positive, as well.  You might be upset with coworkers and management but try not to let it show -- especially during your last two weeks.  Be friendly, be positive, and be as understanding as possible.  Your boss might become stressed out when they find out that they can’t rely on you anymore -- so offer to help if necessary.

Don’t, no matter what, get into a heated argument

This has been the main theme of everything we’ve talked about here, but we feel we must let it have its own little section.  It’s that important.

We’re telling it to you straight:  don’t get angry and yell at anyone.  Don’t passionately declare that you’re quitting, and don’t insult anyone, especially your boss, or act rude as you leave.  Even if you feel like you’ve been treated unfairly in your job, try and rise above it all.

The last thing you want to do is burn bridges, here.  Again, who knows where you’ll be in the next five or ten years?​  Who knows when you’ll run into your boss or coworkers in a workplace again?  People leave jobs a bit more nowadays -- you might not be the only person leaving that month, that season, or that year.  You can’t be too sure you’ll never see that boss you hate again.

 The most important thing is to remind yourself, maybe multiple times a day during your last two weeks of work, that you need to be as professional as possible.  Don’t burn bridges, don’t be unprofessional, and don’t be a worker that just quits showing up to work.  Be the good worker that you’ve always been.  You should never want to leave a job with regrets.  And while yelling at your boss as you quit might feel great in the moment, or even in the next year, it could very well come back to stab you in the back -- and that’s a regret not worth having.