Are you thinking about changing an employer? 7 tips how to smoothly leave a job

Does your job no longer bring you joy and new challenges? The idea of it is ruining an increasing part of your Sunday afternoons? Have you decided that it is time to leave? Now comes the moment when it is necessary to tell the news to your boss and colleagues. Changing employment, just like chickenpox, is different for everyone - it can be just matter of small annoyance but also a horror with permanent effects on the soul and the body.

If you want to relieve the main symptoms, we recommend reading further. In the following article, we are going to go through seven tips on how to smoothly quit your job:


1. Decide for yourself and because of yourself

You should have a good reason to quit, do not base your decision on little things and think about everything in advance. At the same time, trust your instincts and do not let others decide for you. Only you know why you are unhappy in your current position, do not let arguments such as "you can not complain about the job you have" and "what else you want" influence you.

2. Do not rage-quit

Rage-quitting is hardly pragmatic, and I am struggling to think of a situation where it would be advisable (if you have come up with such situation, please share it below on our Facebook). This is not a good idea if you change your job. In addition to the short sense of satisfaction, burning bridges will bring you nothing. If you manage to leave your job and at the same time keep a good relationship with your former employer, it may be useful for you in the future.


3. Let bygones be bygones

The first tip is related to this second one: Whatever happened in the company and whatever your feelings towards the employer are, learn to swallow your anger. The worst place for you to talk about your bad experience in the previous job is a job interview. There, such complaints are never good idea, since they could make your perspective employer wonder, when you will start complaining about them as well. Instead, try to think more about what good things the previous job brought you.

4. Quite the job, don't get stuck in it

If you decided to leave, do not let offers of a higher salary or other benefits change your mind. More money alone is not going to change the fact that you don't love the job you are doing, and the idea of quitting will soon return. If you have good reasons for quitting your job and you feel that the reasons cannot be fixed, stick with your decision.

5. Give yourself and others time to adapt

James had enough of it - in the middle of another boring meeting, he left the room with an excuse that he had to go to a restroom but instead he got in an elevator, said bye to the receptionist and headed straight for the New York Central Station. By the time his colleagues had begun to look for him, his train had left the station. He never returned to his work. Although it sounds like the beginning of a novel, it is a true story of James Altucher, a man who later founded more than 20 successful companies and is a best-selling author. Who would not want to start their new future in such an epic way? Although James does not regret his decision, he admits that it was quite unethical and that he should have left the company in a more thoughtful way. This is another tip for you - try to make sure all your colleagues understand why you are quitting and give them enough time to adapt. Help your co-worker take over your agenda and mitigate the effects of your decision on the people you work with and who consider you a friend.

6. How to terminate your employment

At the end, we list options that you should consider before quitting your job:

Termination of employment during probationary period
In the probationary period, leaving a job is quite easy, since it does not only make it easier for your employer to dismiss you, but it also makes it easy for you to quit - if you can decide that your job does not suit you. Inform your superior, preferably in person, of your intentions and tell them about your real reasons (rather than making up a story of you moving to different city or having a sick cat). You should also inform them that you are you willing to stay until the company finds your replacement. Unless otherwise agreed, the employment relationship shall terminate no earlier than the day on which you notified your employer in writing of your decision.

Immediate termination of employment
In this case, your options are more limited since it only applies to the following two situations. First, if you do not receive your wage (or part thereof) for 15 days or more or if your physician determines that you cannot continue working due to your medical condition and your employer fails to find another job for you within 15 days.

Termination of employment by mutual agreement
If your superior agrees, it is not necessary to observe the notice period and you can leave your job in a week or so. This option is especially useful if you are starting a new job right away. In any case, the agreement should be made in writing - a handshake is not enough.

If everything else fails, you have to provide notice of resignation. In such a case, you will have to observe a notice period starting from the beginning of the next calendar month, which is at least two months long, unless you agreed to a longer period when you started working for your employer. In all cases, you should observe the period. If you decide to leave and not show up during this period, it might have nasty consequences for you as the employer is entitled to recover any damages they incurred as the result of you absence.

7. Make it to the end

Although it is a bit like studying for an exam after you have passed it, try to work with the same determination as before the notice period. Your colleagues may resign to the fact that you are leaving, that you "couldn't care less" but don't let it distract you. Doing your job as good as you can in this period will only bring positives. Also, if your employer does not look at your work performance in an unbiased way, your decision to leave was correct and you can look forward to a new job with a clear conscience.