How should you tell your boss you’re quitting?

Now that you’ve made the decision to leave, you need to tell your boss. Here are some ways to go about it.

The art of quitting is knowing how to do it with class. “Quitting is a bit like breaking up. .  . In the best of worlds, it should end on a high note,” says Danielle Labre, CHRP and Senior Partner with Vézina Nadeau Labre, a human resources consulting firm specializing in career transition and employee retention.

Why is it so important to leave on good terms? Primarily because the job market is not as big as you think, and you may some day again have to work with a former employer. Staying on friendly terms is therefore key, especially since good references are required for future jobs.

Avoid settling accounts

The best is to talk with your supervisor honestly and openly. Then you can send him or her your official resignation letter. “You can’t just blurt out the news on the way between two meetings. You need to make an appointment,” says Ms.  Labre.

During the discussion, you need to agree on the departure date, since notice is usually required unless the parties agree to a different arrangement (the employee may be asked to leave immediately, which is fine as long as the notice period is paid).

“You should never leave on bad terms,” confirms CHRP Christine Caillé, Senior Consultant with Knightsbridge, a human capital management firm. When you hand in your resignation, don’t settle accounts or badmouth the company or colleagues. “If you have something on your mind, it’s best to wait two or three weeks. Don’t do things under the influence of emotion,” she advises.

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