So that’s it. You have made up your mind. Maybe because it is because of greener pastures, better growth possibilities or personal reasons. Or maybe because you have had enough of the manager himself. You finally decide to take the plunge and hit the exit button from your current organisation. But wait. There is still more to go. When you read a letter, the last paragraph is what will leave the most impact. Similarly, your last few months in the organisation is what you may be most remembered for.
From a manager’s point of view an exit news is sudden change and is taking him out of the comfort zone he would have established with you. He must have thought he is good at people management. So serving a good notice period assures him work continuity with the same vigour as before.
This makes notice period important and it is something you would want to serve well. After all it’s a small world. And you don’t want to leave with heartaches. So here are some pointers to help you sail through your notice period and have a smooth exit.
1. I have hit the “Submit” button with my resignation. I am done.
Sure you have. But in incorrect order and incomplete. Always first chat up with your manager and then submit your resignation in system. System is perceived to be a very cold method and your manager may not take such a sudden internal communications notification really well.
2. Employee status might have changed. Commitments levels don’t.
Know that a mark of a professional is the same level amount of commitment no matter what. So even if it is your notice period, come on time, have breaks of the usual duration and continue the same levels of dedication. You are building a brand in more than one ways and you never know when your paths meet again with your colleagues.
3. Get your last working date in the organisation as early as possible.
Know your notice period beforehand. This helps you negotiate with your manager, plan the time remaining and give a heads up at the next assignment of your last working date. Do find out all the exit formalities beforehand (handover of organisation’s assets, exit interviews, internal communications, etc.) so that you are not cluttered with them till the very last moment.
4. A well-structured handover is the best gift you can give!
We can’t repeat this enough. Please prepare a proper handover sheet with frequency of jobs (in case they are recurring) and complete archiving of completed projects. Keep yourself in the shoes of next person. You would hate to start on a dirty slate. Make the slate as clean for the next person then; think of it as one of the corporate gifting ideas.
5. Keep the goodbye’s simple.
On your last day, don’t just disappear. Make sure you meet all that you have worked with directly or indirectly and write a simple farewell mail thanking all and leaving your contact details. Those who want to stay in touch, will surely do so.
An exit of an organisation is more often than not, a mixed feeling. While there is an adrenaline rush of what’s in store next, one does miss the seat, the place, the quirks and the people around of the old organisation. A smooth notice period helps you soak in these feelings and gear you up for the next place. Maybe meet HR consultants in between two positions. If possible, take a small break. Reboot. Unwind and relax before you plunge in the next assignment.
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