Posted by Robert Half on 29 July 2016
Whatever the circumstances surrounding your departure from your current job, it’s always good to leave on a positive note. You never know if you might meet your soon-to-be ex colleagues down the road, so we advise being on your best behaviour.
Here are seven tips to serve your notice period in style.
1. Pass the baton well
Don’t be tempted to drop everything, leaving your unfinished business in a mess. You may not be able to complete all your projects while serving your notice period, so work out a plan with your employer and leave your contact information just in case your assistance is needed. Why not take your replacement out to lunch? It’s a good chance to discuss the finer aspects of the job in a less formal setting, and will make the handover less of a chore for both of you.
2. Don’t create discord
This goes without saying, but stay professional at all times and resist the urge to engage in office gossip and complain about your boss and co-workers. Don’t infect your colleagues with negativity; you may be leaving, but they aren’t, and there’s no good reason to lower their morale. Try to think about all you’ve enjoyed about the job and the company. On top of sending an e-mail to thank everyone for the experience, perhaps you might want to organise a farewell drink or give out a small gift to your team members as a token of your appreciation.
3. Diplomacy is key
You may be asked to provide your feedback about the company in an exit interview or survey. And while honesty is the best policy, some things are best left unsaid. Try to strike a balance between being truthful and being tactful. Your employer will be more likely to take your criticism if it’s constructive and backed up with substantiated facts.
4. Don’t cut yourself too much slack
You’re serving your notice period, you are not on leave. So while you probably won’t be required to attend meetings or partake in the planning for new ventures, it doesn’t mean you should take extremely long lunch breaks or come in to work late. You can always use your newfound free time to help your colleagues out with completing their tasks.
5. Take the moral high ground
Sometimes holding your tongue for a little while is worth it. Even if you feel you have been wronged by the company, there is a time and place to set the record straight. That time is not while you’re serving your notice period, especially if you’re planning to ask for a recommendation. Your actions will say more than your words.
6. Don’t take it personally
Don’t feel disheartened if your colleagues aren’t inclined to chat or work together while you’re serving your notice period. People deal with the coming and going of co-workers differently, and some colleagues might want to maintain their distance, especially if you’re going off to work for a competitor. Positivity can help break down walls, so just keep that smile on your face as you go about the day to day.
7. Say your goodbyes
Burning your bridges when serving your notice period would be bad career advice. In fact, this is a good opportunity to strengthen your connections without seeming like you’re brown-nosing. Take your boss and colleagues out for a meal or drinks before you go. It’s your chance to have a heart-to-heart chat with everyone, express your gratitude and put your differences aside.
Emotions may run high in the pressure of the workplace, but your most difficult colleagues might turn out to be really nice outside of the office. Even if they aren’t, that’s behind you now and you’ve got a new endeavour to look forward to!
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This article originally appeared as 7 tips to serving your notice period in style on the Robert Half blog in Singapore.