Author: Caroline Forsey ~ Source: How to Give Your Two Weeks' Notice
Ideally, if there are certain circumstances that could greatly improve your satisfaction in your current role, it’s better if you approach your boss with those requirements before you sign another contract. You can make it clear that if those needs aren’t met, you’ll begin considering other opportunities.
Step Four: Know The Details Regarding Benefits.
It’s critical you know your options regarding benefits, health insurance, pension, and 401(K). It can be confusing to transfer benefits or healthcare from one company to another, and additionally, your new company might not be ready to offer new coverage immediately.
If this is true, you have alternative options — for instance, if you’re facing a gap in health coverage, COBRA allows you to continue your current health insurance for 18 months, at your own expense.
Take a look at “What Happens to Your Benefits When You Leave Your Job” by Northwestern Mutual, to learn more information regarding your options.
Step Five: Don’t Check Out — Work Just as Hard in Your Last Two Weeks.
It will be impossible to maintain a positive relationship with your employer after you leave if you check out during your last two weeks and put in minimal effort. First off, your employer is still paying you, so they deserve your utmost effort. Secondly, the effort you put into your role now will go a long way towards sustaining better connections down the road.
Coworkers will remember what you were like at the end. Give them something good to remember. You never know how your positive reputation can help you network in the long-run.
You’ll want to work hard to tie up loose ends and make it easy for the next person to take your place. For instance, perhaps you’ll create a document so your team members know where certain files are, or where you left off on a project.
Additionally, you’ll still want to arrive on time (if not early), leave at an appropriate time, and remain a team player. If the rest of your team is staying late to finish a project before a deadline, you should, too.
Step Six: Offer Warm and Heartfelt Goodbyes.
In today’s business world, it’s all about who you know. You never know if a colleague on your team will end up helping your younger brother get a job, or become a freelancer for your new company a few years later. Nurturing those relationships is critical to ensuring success throughout your entire career.
When the day comes for you to say goodbye, you should take the time to send thoughtful goodbye messages to your colleagues. Perhaps you’ll send out a mass email to the team. Alternatively, you could consider writing a handwritten note or personalized email to members of your team to whom you feel particularly close. Warmly wish them well, and provide contact information like an email or LinkedIn account, so you can stay in touch.