Day#247: Leave companies on good terms

Day#247: Leave companies on good terms

Hey Uxers for today I wanted to discuss how you should always try leave companies on good terms, i have worked at some really difficult places where by the time I found a new position and filled in my notice I literally wanted to run out the door screaming “Freedom at last” but make sure that even if the place did not match up to your expectations or even if it truly was a really negative environment for you that you leave on at least professional terms. Sometimes it really is tricky when even to your last day you are getting tasked with a large amount of work, this was one of my stories and I was extremely unhappy there I worked hard for that company but I think in time the politics of the department created rifts between teams and that affected the overall culture and created a very selfish internal culture within creative. On my last day I was tasked with a lot of work, I could have just left early and not cared but I still put in the effort to ensure that everything I was tasked with would be done. This is one of the better stories I obviously have situations which I handled less professionally in my junior years and those I do regret, not being able to understand that even though I was leaving that company my reputation would follow me, luckily I have never been in a situation where my past actions have resulted in not getting a new job or perhaps it did and I just never knew.

The point is that you want to leave on good terms not only for the purpose of the reference that you may need in the future but also because dependant on your industry and how big it is, you may encounter people who will know of that company and be in contact with one another in your next job. Something else I noticed was when you would tell your current company you wanted to leave there are various ways your manager and the company can handle it. When you go in to resign have a structured response ready, that is not to say that you should read from cue cards but knowing how you will phrase it will help you to stay on track and perhaps not say something unprofessional. You will also be able to gauge your department culture and know if the H.R of the company does exit interviews and for that also work on what exactly you will be communicating about your reasons. I have discussed this before but often people shun the idea of preparing a general idea of what you want to say, maybe you are good with just talking without preparation but I know from personal experience that I tend to feel more confident and do less waffling when I have a general structured idea of what I want to say.

Just a final note, if you work at a big company and the procedure is to resign with H.R, you may want to chat to your team lead or manager first as a sign of respect. As I said yes you may not be on great terms with them but if anything it will show that you remained professional despite the circumstances, people will always remember and have their own opinions but in a work environment you want to maintain your professionalism at all times and consistently work on building your “personal brand”. I never understand this as a junior, I may not have had a business but working in advertising you would think I would have caught out. In your career, you are your brand and how you present yourself at work, aat company events, on the internet and LinkedIn gives potential and current employers a reflection of your brand. Make sure that you are creating the best possible image to help you excel in your career for your future, happy researching until next time Uxers

Bye for now

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