You may find it hard not to smile when you resign from your job, but leaving your employer smiling may be more important in the long run.
- How you leave a job is the last impression you make on your past employer — one who may be called on in the future to provide a reference for you.
- The cost of replacing employees has a high cost for organizations. The cost of replacing a nurse averages three times his or her annual salary. The cost of replacing truck drivers every year costs $5 billion.
Did you have a Eureka moment after six months on the job and think “If I had only known this my first week, I could have done this weekly report in 30 minutes instead of four hours?”
Share those thoughts. Write them up for your successors. Leave a record of the tips and tricks you learned that helped you do your job better, as well as the things your colleagues taught you. Be friendly and positive.
You’ll save your soon-to-be former company time and money. You’ll leave your former colleagues with a model of what professionalism looks like. And you’ll leave your soon-to-be former boss smiling. Even if the job wasn’t perfect, why shouldn’t your exit be as ideal as it could be?
For a little more along these lines:
How to Leave Your Job on Good Terms (Job-Hunt Blog)