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Transcript: Episode 196 – How to Quit Your Job Without Burning Bridges
June 3, 2024

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It’s important to pause and think through how you want to leave an employer. If you hate the job, don’t get along with your boss, or otherwise are thrilled to leave the organization, you may be tempted to tell off your boss or let the company know you can’t wait to leave. That’s human! But it’s not to your advantage in the long run. Some negative quitting stories JoDee and Susan have experienced or heard about include going to lunch and never coming back, quitting by text or email, and asking a coworker to let the boss know you’re not coming back.

To quit a job in a professional manner, start by considering the timing; don’t leave before you’re ready. It can be uncomfortable for everyone if you quit, then have to ask to come back because you didn’t get the offer you thought you would. Give at least two weeks’ notice to give your employer a little bit of time to start figuring out how to fill the hole you’re creating. Writing a letter of resignation is helpful as it provides you and the organization with a document that includes important dates and information.

Next, consider giving feedback on why you’re leaving if you’re comfortable doing so. Do this in a balanced way so that you’re not burning bridges, but sharing information that can help them be more effective. Schedule an exit meeting to have a conversation about your feedback and transition. Wrap up and transition your work if possible to make the change go smoother. And finally, share gratitude for the opportunity.

In this episode’s listener question, we’re asked about starting an AA meeting site at work. In the news, a recent survey reported that a majority of US workers have lied on their resumes and in interviews, and many hiring managers have lied to candidates during the hiring process.

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Emily Miller
Emily Miller
Emily works behind the scenes at JoyPowered, helping to edit and publish the books, producing the podcast, and running the website and social media.

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