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Putting in Your Two Weeks: Best Practices to Squash the Awkwardness

No matter how you do it, leaving a job can be awkward. When resigning from a position, you want to do it with tact and follow best practices. Here are some tips for putting in your two-weeks notice and leaving on good terms.

Talk to Your Boss One-on-One

Most experts agree your boss is the first person you should break the news to. Although you may eventually need to tell your HR department or other higher-ups, you’ll want to have a one-on-one conversation with your boss first. The professional way to handle this is to talk with them privately and in person. Depending on the situation, you’ll either want to arrange a formal meeting or simply pop in their office.

Explain Your Reasoning

While you don’t need to get into all the details, your boss will want to know the basic reason why you’re leaving, so they’ll know how to minimize future turnover. Be honest, but try to avoid dwelling on any negatives regarding your current employer. Instead, focus on the positives that will be offered with your new employer. For instance, it might give you a chance to advance your career or be closer to your family.

Then Tell Your Co-Workers

After you’ve gotten everything settled with your boss, go ahead and tell the rest of your team members. Ideally, this will be in person as well. However, email may be sufficient if you don’t have the chance to have a face-to-face conversation. This way others will be able to see things from your perspective, which can help preserve relationships.

Be Pleasant and Polite

Finally, it’s crucial you’re gracious and respectful about it. Be courteous to your entire team to ensure you go out on a positive note. “Take a ‘no scorched earth’ approach, writes Vice President of Sales Development at Federated Media Publishing, Mugs Buckley. “Even if you feel like giving your manager a piece of your mind, save it unless it’s constructive. You don’t need to flame anyone on the way out the door, either your manager or your colleagues.” In other words, avoid doing anything that could burn any bridges.

There’s a good chance you’ll need to put in your two-weeks’ notice at some point. Following these tips should help you do it without any awkwardness or drama to ensure a smooth transition.

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