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How to Quit Your Job Without Making Anyone Mad

How to Quit Your Job Without Making Anyone Mad

There comes a time in almost every employee’s life when you sit back and take a long look at what you’re doing and decide whether or not it’s what you want to keep doing, or if it’s time to explore other options, quit your job, and move on.

Maybe you’re trapped in a job where you have no room for advancement and you’ve come to realize that the skills you have would be utilized better at another company. Maybe what you’re doing isn’t the best fit for you anymore and you want to explore other career paths. Or maybe you’re just plain stuck in a job that pains you to get out of bed every day.

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A study by Harris Interactive shows that 74% of people would consider finding a new job. What ever your reasons may be for quitting your job, there is a right and a wrong way to do it. Below we’ve mapped out some tips to leave your current job on a good note.

It Can Be Hard to Stay Calm to Give Notice But It’s a Must

If you’re leaving due to being mistreated or not being acknowledged for all you’ve done for the company over the years, it may be really difficult for you to take a calm approach when quitting. Keep in mind though, leaving on bad terms may come back to haunt you if a potential employer asks your old boss about your work ethic and character.

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Do Your Best to Keep the Communication Positive and Neutral

If you think about it, nothing good ever really comes from being negative. Your job may suck and your manager may have awful people skills, but don’t allow that to set the tone. Future employers typically tend to side with former supervisors when checking references.

The Best Way to Give Notice Is In Person

Chances are by now you know when your manager will be alone in his or her office. As I said before, you want to keep it positive, even if the circumstances that have you wanting to leave put a bad taste in your mouth. It may ease your mind a bit to remind yourself that you’re not the first person who’s ever quit, and you surely won’t be the last.

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Know what you’re going to say before talking to your boss. Even if you’re leaving with good reason, the conversation is likely to be awkward and difficult. Be firm in your decision and be prepared to answer any potentially uncomfortable questions they bring up. Keep it professional.

What Should Be Included in Your Resignation Letter and All In-Person Conversations

  • Thanking your boss for the work opportunity: Bad experience or not, always express gratitude and having the opportunity to grow and learn new skills during your time there. Throwing something in there about having a positive experience working with certain colleagues is good too.
  • The reason you’re leaving: Mentioning the specifics of your new job isn’t really necessary. Maybe you’re leaving to go back to school or have an elderly parent you need to care for. You never want to include anything that would reflect badly on your boss or fellow employees.
  • Help your can offer for the transition: It never hurts to let your boss know that you’re willing to train the new guy and/or be available to them if they have any questions once you leave.
  • Giving notice two weeks in advance: Traditionally, two weeks notice is what you normally give to your employer. If for some reason you aren’t able to provide that much notice, talk with your employer to see if there is any way you could leave sooner.
  • The date you’re leaving: Give your boss a specific date for your last day of employment.

Some Issues You May Face and What to Be Prepared for

Your manager may not want you to go and try to get you to stay. Then what? If you’re certain you’re leaving, say so.

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There’s always a chance that when resigning and giving notice, your boss may ask you to pack up your belongings and leave immediately. So make sure you back up anything that belongs to you before talking to your employer.

You may also be required to immediately turn in any company property at that time, such as a laptop, vehicle, or cellphone.

Remember, how you leave your current job is just as important as how you applied for it. Make the effort to go the extra mile when leaving the company. It will do wonders for you and your career path moving forward.

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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