So, you are thinking of resigning.
Once you are gone, it is very easy for people to blame things that went wrong on you.
Your reputation, right or wrong can very quickly become the joke of the office.
Given that today’s employers are tomorrow’s referees, burning any bridge is not wise.
Many job offers don’t eventuate because of the hidden reference networks.
You may have worked with someone who has left like you did, and moved to your next employer.
What they say about you when it’s announced you are interviewing will speak volumes.
What these people remember is vital.
An amicable departure also leaves the door open for your ex-employer to become a future client, or a point of referral for future staff.
Go out on a win
The final few weeks of your employment should be setting yourself up to be seen as the golden haired child.
This is a huge challenge if one’s heart is not the company.
If you find yourself in this space, remember they’ll have their own fears and problems just like you.
By helping ensuring that your production does not lax before you go, you will be remembered as a producer and not a bum
The handover pack
“People Will Forget What You Said, People Will Forget What You Did, but People Will Never Forget How You Made Them Feel.”
One of the most helpful tools you can give the next person is a handover pack that shows them exactly how to do your role.
Remember when you first started in a new role?
Remember how your head spun and you had no idea where to start?
Leaving a handover pack not only is a nice touch for the next person, it show’s your ex-boss how much you really did and how much an asset you were.
More importantly it leaves you with a completed project – hopefully better than when you started.
So what is in a good handover pack?
1. A list of all the different duties you did.
2. A repeatable checklist for each of the duties that the next person can follow
3. A list of all the contact people and details that person will need
4. Directions on where to find all the files they need.
Showing where all your tools of the trade are kept also protects you from being labeled a thief when they have lost something.
Sitting with your replacement before you leave and letting them see you in action is also very helpful for them. It is the little nuances that you may not even realize that you are doing that are gold to the next person.
If you project a negative mindset to your employer, your boss may pick up on this and shoo you offsite before you can infect the new person.
Your ex-boss will love you for the handover pack. It will become a work in progress business-bible if done well.
The Thank You speech
Ideally you’d like to be able to say good bye to the group.
Sure you may be shy, you may even cry, but it is also a fantastic forum to show all the staff that you are not worthy of backstabbing once gone.
Some of the best goodbye speeches I have heard include these elements:
1. “Thank you for all you have done” Pick out people that have made a difference to you and what they have done
2. “I am really proud of my time”. Quote the wins you have been a part of – being careful not to take complete credit for them.
3. “You’ll be fine”. Show them what structure they have in place to pick up where you have left off. The handover pack, the systems, the newly trained person.
4. “I love you all”. Let them know that they are always welcome in your life and not to be a stranger.
Got any other tips?
I’d love to hear your best and worst exit strategies that you have seen!