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How to Quit Your Job in 2019

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With more job openings than people unemployed, there has never been a better time to be a passive job candidate. Hiring managers and recruiters are trying to fill roles and are reaching out to individuals who may already be employed. Congruently, companies have seen a rise in employee ghosting – where a person gives no notice and stops coming to work. People are searching for any alternative to having an actual conversation. (Some even resorting to paying a company to quit on their behalf!)

However, quitting is as much a part of your job as the process you went through to get hired. And it’s easier than you’d think. Exiting the correct way will make life easier for your (soon-to-be) former employer as well as yourself.

Don’t get ahead of yourself

Often, this process will begin with a recruiter reaching out via email, LinkedIn, or with a phone call. It’s tempting to share this information with your office buddy; however, it’s in your best interest to keep it to yourself. With these being the beginning stages with nothing written in stone, you could be setting yourself up for failure – especially if you’re just in the interviewing stage. This includes asking the recruiter or hiring manager to wait on contacting your current employer, giving you a chance to prepare for the upcoming conversations around a departure.

Putting in your notice

Once you receive a job offer and decide to accept it, the next step is having that tough conversation. It’s time to tell your boss or manager that you’re quitting your job. This conversation needs to take place in person, as it communicates respect. While this conversation may cause some anxiety, departing with an email or voicemail will likely have a longer-lasting, negative effect. Give them at least two weeks’ notice so they have time to begin finding a replacement. Moreover, if they promote from within, your boss may ask you to help train your replacement.

Whatever they ask of you in your remaining time during this transitional period, do it and do it well. Knowing you are moving on sometimes brings out the slacker in people. Typical consequences for falling behind or being under-motivated may hurt as well as your career in the future.

Express gratitude

Whether you and your employer agree to two last weeks or two last months, document the agreement in writing following the conversation. Now is the time to send an email restating your agreement, just to ensure there is no miscommunication down the road. If you have a specific mentor or coworkers you appreciated working with, let them now! Expressing gratitude for the opportunity to work there and with whom you did is a great last step to a productive exit. Whether this is in person or with a thank you note, a formal goodbye is better for your career and peace-of-mind.

Three Ways to Show Your Gratitude at Work This Year

3 ways to show your gratitude at work this new year

Somehow the holidays have already come and gone, and we’re a week into 2018. While many of us have made resolutions already, there should be one more you should try to add: gratitude.

Gratitude in the workplace is not as common as most may think, and that goes for all parties involved. However, that can be changed in just three easy ways, no matter who you’re showing gratitude towards!

Gift Cards

Think about the last time you received a gift card to a place you really liked. Wasn’t it the best feeling? Thinking “Wow! This person really knows me!” As we move into a more technological world, the power of a gift card has been vastly overlooked. Just imagine that great feeling, but at work.

In the New Year, make it a habit of getting to know your coworkers, boss, or employees even more – then buy them a gift card to show your gratitude! $5 to the local coffee shop or their favorite fast food joint. Any surprise is a good surprise. Ask them if they prefer this or that, then go spend a few dollars on them! Not only will this earn you some extra brownie points, but it will show them how grateful you are for all of the work they do.

Food

Picture yourself walking into the breakroom and seeing freshly baked cookies or a nice fruit platter. Not only are you happy about free food, but you feel appreciated that someone went through the trouble to bring that to the office. Why not do that for everyone else?

Break out the recipe book or call your mom. See what the best cookie recipe is and bring the results into the office. Write out a little thank you note or an inspirational quote, and let the people you work with know that you care about them and their hard work. Who knows? You may find the new, perfect recipe for your next family potluck! And if you need some inspiration, here are some of our favorite recipes.

Thank you cards

This may seem way too simple but trust me when I say it is just as, if not more, effective than the first two ways to show your gratitude. Just think about the last time you received a hand-written card. Maybe it was last month or maybe it was last year, but didn’t it feel great that someone took the time to write everything out to you?

Harness that feeling and duplicate it in the workplace. Go buy a cheap pack of stationary and take some time out of your day to say something nice about everyone. Thank them for a specific thing they do and they’ll feel extremely appreciated.

These are just three of my favorite ways to show gratitude in the workplace. They aren’t too difficult to complete and it won’t cost you that much to carry out, especially if you spread them out throughout the year. Remember: A little bit goes a long way!