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How to quit your job without hurting your career

https://www.fastcompany.com/90212839/how-to-quit-your-job-without-hurting-your-career

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How to quit your job without hurting your career
Employees are quitting their jobs-often. The July 2018 BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover survey found that 3.6 million people quit their jobs in May, the highest rate since April 2001. In a separate Robert Half survey of HR managers, 83% said the way someone quits affects their future career opportunities.

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Following protocol

Following protocol

Schedule a time with your supervisor to break the news. Be aware that sharing the news with the office grapevine might cause the news to leak prematurely before you formally give notice.

It's best to have important conversations in person. Make sure you meet all exit notice, confidentiality, non-compete and other guidelines that are required.

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Your future-focused "why"

Your supervisor will probably ask you why you are leaving.

Make sure your reason for leaving is opportunity-focused and aspirational and not because you are running away from something. Reasons may be taking on a more prominent role, learning new skills, working in a new industry or relocation.

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Weighting counteroffers

Research found that while 58% of employers extend counteroffers, the average employee who accepts them stays less than two years in a company.

Keep the focus on your new opportunities and suggest that you remain in touch and explore the chance to return at a future time.

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Thorough and thoughtful

Your departure is likely going to affect more people than you realize. Try to make the move as easy on them as possible to maintain good relationships.

  • Make sure all outstanding deliverables and responsibilities are effectively transitioned.
  • Ensure all essential documents are available to those who need them most.
  • Consider giving key people the license to call you for any vital follow-up questions.

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Giving feedback

Refrain from mentioning all the things their company does wrong in your opinion. It will not be helpful, especially if you have not mentioned it previously.

It is also possible that your supervisor might be angry or resistant to your departure. Try and understand the situation from their point of view and act calmly to preserve relationships.

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Maintaining your network

Trade contact information with coworkers and supervisors to have a method to stay in touch. You will be in a better place to stay abreast of their career changes. You never know when you will meet with them again.

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All areas of your life are affected

When your job is affecting your mental and emotional health, so that anger and depression overwhelm you or bleed over into other areas of your life, it’s time to consider a change.

A toxic workplace

It can have a negative impact on your happiness and job performance.

Studies found that ostracism, bad leadership, harassment, and bullying have direct negative effects on job productivity. Also, being in a job you hate is worse for your health than being unemployed.

Not aligned with your values

If your job is not aligned with your values, you'll end up questioning the possibility of doing it for the next 15, 20, or 30 years.

The good part about it is the fact that this will point you in the right direction, where changes need to be made.

Dreading your job

Dreading your job

A lack of fulfillment at the workplace might be due to a misalignment between your purpose and your job.

Before deciding to quit your job, first exhaust all other avenues.

When to quit your job

If your boss or work environment is abusive, leave immediately.

However, if your boss or work environment aren't abusive and you've been there for only a few months, consider waiting. It takes around six months for anyone to settle into a job

Before quitting, figure out what’s wrong

If you've been at your job for more than six months, try to figure out the cause of your dread.

  • First, check your attitude. If your attitude is that work is just work, and you'll find your fulfillment elsewhere, you won't be committed. Other's will notice if you just check in and check out and label you as such.
  • Consider what else is wrong. Is it your coworker, your boss, or the job itself?