According to a Gallup survey, only one-third of Americans are engaged in their work. If you’re part of the other two-thirds who are unhappy with their jobs or working for a boss they can’t stand, the allure to quit in a blaze of glory can seem too tempting to resist. Maybe you even want to create an epic “I quit” video, letting your boss know what you really think of him.
As satisfying as this can be in the moment, burning bridges with your former employer will only come back to haunt you in the end.
I once had an employee who left the company, burning bridges as he went. Eighteen months later, he contacted me looking to get his old job back, but all I could think about was the unprofessional way he left the company. Suffice it to say, he didn’t get the job.
It’s a small world — especially in the healthcare industry — and news about former employees travels fast. Knowing the right and wrong way to quit a job is important to maintain your reputation as a professional.
Knowing the Right and Wrong Way to Quit Your Job
Here are a few dos and don’ts.
- Give your resignation in person.
- Provide your employer with the appropriate amount of time that you’re quitting, two weeks is a good minimum. If you are in a hard to fill position and can give more notice, do.
- Be an active part of the patient transition process.
- Thank your bosses and co-workers for the positive experience.
- Transition any remaining work to others and leave good records for the person who replaces you.
- Offer professional and constructive feedback in the exit interview.
- Leave your employer in the lurch by giving them short notice of your departure.
- Send your resignation by text, email, or voicemail.
- Boast to your co-workers about your new job.
- Mentally check out after giving your notice.
- Badmouth your former boss, co-workers, or facility.
- Post your grievances on social media.
Being a consummate professional throughout the process and after you leave the facility will only help to further your career. Remember, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all — especially on social media.
Building relationships that last
Creating solid professional relationships is the starting point to a successful career. Whether it’s with your peers, recruiters, or past and present employers, having a professional network is crucial to achieving success.
Burning bridges when you quit will only hinder these relationships. Instead of letting your grievances become your focal point, focus on how quitting the right way will help you maintain a lasting relationship that may one day help your career.