Burning Bridges

Sorry, I'm Not Sorry

Sorry, I'm Not Sorry

Saying the words "I'm sorry" is the worst way to apologize when you’re on the job. This is because the work force is an intricate and eclectic environment, that test our ability and character on a daily basis. Most of us look up to, inspire to be and possibly supersede our authoritative figures in the near future.

How To Resign Without Burning London's Bridges

 

So you've had enough, contacted Resumes Today to get your flawless resume and landed the job of your dreams...Now what? The moment you may have been waiting for or the day you've been dreading. We never really want to burn bridges with our bosses unless they act like a boss from the movie called "Horrible Bosses". The average worker today stays at a job for 4.6 years, according to the most recent data  from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. “People are more accustomed to the comings and goings of colleagues than in the past,” says Daniel Gulati, the coauthor of Passion & Purpose.Some questions do come in mind like, do I tell me boss? when do I leave? What if they counter offer? What if they ask where I'm going and why I'm leaving in detail? These questions are very important and should be addressed before taking that leap, so you don't burn bridges behind you.

Be ready for the counter offer

If your leaving the job, (especially because you felt over worked and under paid) be ready for a counter offer; as your company may be wise to know that it is cheaper to retain you then to replace you. They won’t have to spend time and money trying to source a new replacement and train new staff up. When you are weighing up the pros and cons of staying or leaving the company you work for, think carefully about what your prospects for the future are if you stay and consider what you already know about the organization, such as how the company works and how they treat their staff. If you are leaving because you are over worked and under paid, generate a list of tasks you performed outside of your scope of work and the other positions you filled.  Do research and obtain market salaries rate so you know your worth.  Don’t settle for peanuts just because your boss pulled a sympathy card.

Tell your Boss

Once you've decided to resign, the first person you should tell is your boss. The reason is conspicuous: you “ You don’t want your boss to hear the news from anyone else,” verbalizes Schlesinger. After you've revealed your orchestrations, though, “you’re no longer in the driver’s seat,” he expresses. Decisions circumventing the nature and timing of your departure are best left up to your boss. Then, you should sit with your boss and  decide how the news of your departure be disbursed.

Be strategic about your time

Regardless of your reasons for quitting, you have one final responsibility to your company — and that is to engender an “orderly and positive transition,” according Schlesinger. “. Ask your manager for direction and close supervision on how you ought to tie up loose ends. After you depart, “you want your former boss and colleagues to feel nothing but positive about your professionalism,” Schlesinger verbally expresses.

Exit Interviewing

According to Schlesinger,  “The exit interview is not the time to give the feedback you wished you had given while you were a full-time employee,” he verbally expresses. His reasons are twofold. “First, you’re not ensured anonymity; it’s a minute world. Second, your feedback is not going to transmute the organization.” If you like your job and had a wondrous relationship with your authoritative figure but got a better offer, “feel free to verbalize about it, but don’t feel obliged,” he verbally expresses. Gulati’s exit interview advice: “No venting. And no emotional conversations.”


Principles to Recollect:

 

Do

·         Collaborate with your boss to figure our how to utilize your remaining days and how you should tie up loose projects

·         Give at least two weeks’ notice and offer to work longer to engender a smooth and orderly transition

·         Be thankful about what you learned at your job and openly express gratitude to colleagues

 

Don’t

·         Divulge an exorbitant amount of during your exit interview — it’s not the time to give detailed feedback and conceptions for amelioration

·         Give different reasons to different people — stick to one story about why you’re leaving

·         Be mendacious or inordinately secretive about your next move — your authoritative figure and former colleagues will ascertain where you've landed anon enough

It is not wise to burn your professional bridges because you never who you will bump into, need, have to refer or even have to work for again. Companies understand that other companies offer different environments, salaries and values and know that each employee yearns for something different. The grass may be greener on the other side, but don’t burn that bridge to get there. You never know what your future has in store and you need as many people in your corner who respect you and the decisions you make.