The time has come. You have successfully completed the interview process and you have accepted a new position with a different company. It is time for you to exit your current company, but you don’t know how you should go out. This is the first time you’ve left a professional position, and you don’t want to do anything negative. So how do you go out in style at your current business?
The first point to keep in mind is to not slack off on your work, even as you approach your last day. It’s very tempting to not give much effort anymore as you’re approaching the end, especially since you won’t be getting anything out of the company after you leave. But this is very dangerous, both for the business and for you. Obviously for the business, they would not be getting the work and productivity out of you that they are paying you for. The company is making an investment in you even at the end, and if you don’t produce, then that investment is waisted. Your lack of effort will hurt you as well. You may leave the company, but the company doesn’t necessarily leave you. As you continue in your career and apply for different companies, they will see that you worked for the company and may even contact that company. If you slacked off terribly towards the end, that may come up to the company you are applying to and may hurt your chances of future employment.
Another point to keep in mind is to not burn your bridges. This means keeping good relations with both supervisors and coworkers. Obviously, the reason for a good reference in the future is a good reason to keep positive relations. But you also never know when you may need the assistance of past supervisors and coworkers. One example of this is if you suddenly need a job in the future. Things happen, and you could suddenly be put out of a job, even if it’s not of your own doing. If you keep a good relation with a past supervisor, they may take you into a position, even if it is only temporary. You may need advice from a past coworker on something, whether it’s business related or not. You won’t be able to get any of these if you don’t have good relations with those from your past company.
As you begin your transition out of the company, offer to help in that transition. There is a lot to do when an employee leaves and a new employee comes in to take their place. Many things have to be changed, there is a lot of training to do, and some work may be halted for a bit. This is a lot of work for the company to do, and it could be made easier if there was assistance from the person in the role currently. You could offer to help train the new employee and explain to them the going ons of the job that are not expressed in the job report. You could help the company brace itself for the exit of the employee. This has different looks in different jobs. In a sales job, it may involve helping move accounts and clients to different employees or to the new employee. In an accounting job, it may involve finishing the jobs you were working on or helping pass them on to other accountants. There are many ways that you can help a company with transition on your way out. If you do this, you will keep good relations with the company, which as we discussed earlier is wonderful for your future.
The final thing to do when you leave is to thank everybody. Thank your coworkers, your supervisors, even the third party contractors that you have seen on a weekly basis. Sure this will benefit you in the future as you build those good relations, but the main reason you should give thanks is out of a genuine and thankful heart. Even if you didn’t have the best experience, the company has most likely done a lot for you in your tenure there. Think about it; they have provided you with an income and most likely benefits. They were probably a steady place to work at and also provided you with friends and a decent work environment. And of course, I’m sure they had coffee and refreshments available whenever you desired. There are many reasons to thank those that you have had contact with when you were at the business, and those thanks will go a long ways in both yours and theirs lives.
These are just a few of the many good things you can do when exiting your company. There are many other things you could do to have a peaceful exit. A lot of it depends on what kind of company you work for. The best way to exit some companies is to go quietly. Some companies are so large that they would prefer to bring on and let go of employees quietly so as to not get too attached to certain employees. Other companies are small and want to have a big party as you leave, and on the flip side would love it if you said goodbye to each person individually. Before you leave your company, figure out the best ways to leave your company on a positive note, and it will benefit both you and the company.