Okay, so let’s get one thing out of the way right at the start. These things happen – sometimes you simply need to quit your job! There may be a variety of reasons including but not limited to your life stage, circumstances, and ultimately better career prospects that might have led you to this decision of moving on from your company. The point of addressing this topic is not to say ‘please don’t quit your job’ but it is more about discussing the hygiene of moving on from a workplace. I find this is a concept seldom discussed and can play a big role in shaping one’s professional trajectory.
Don’t Make An Emotional Decision
Quitting your job should never be a knee-jerk reaction—you need to carefully weigh your decision in a practical and rational manner.
Take Time To Self-Reflect
Reflect on whether there’s something systematically wrong with the company or are you facing a personal issue that can potentially be resolved.
Work On Yourself
If your unhappiness stems from you, you will be unhappy at your next job too. These things do have a way of coming back into our lives if not dealt with properly. Take some time to understand and work on your problems.
Have A Discussion With Your Boss
Before you make a decision, speak to your manager and see if you can work together to resolve the problems you’re facing at the company. This should be a calm, rational conversation. There’s no need for finger pointing or strong words.
Don’t Expect A Bidding War
If you have an offer from another company and want your employer to counter it, don’t threaten to leave if they don’t match it. In fact, that’s the last thing you should do. Instead, respectfully ask your manager if it is possible for you to get a raise and share this piece of information with them. No ultimatums needed! If they want to retain you, they will make certain moves from their end.
If You Want A Promotion, Ask For It
If you’re unhappy because you’re not growing at a company, discuss taking up more responsibilities with your manager. In most cases, they will have no problem with it.
If You Decide To Quit, Do It Gracefully
Thank your manager for their guidance, write a thoughtful resignation letter and make sure you cooperate with all notice period formalities. Do a thorough handover that leaves nothing to be desired. You will always be remembered fondly for it.
Never Burn Bridges
Even if you are unhappy, a dramatic exit is only momentarily satisfying. But it will do you no favours in the long run. There is no excuse for leaving a company on a bad note. You will meet the very same people down the line too. You never know when this bad exit plays havoc with your future opportunities. ALWAYS end things on a decent, if not good note.