3 Tips for Giving Your Notice at Work Before You Move
Whether you’re moving across the state or across the country, a move is an opportunity to explore someplace new and set down some roots. At the same time, a move can come with some unique considerations, such as finding a new job and informing your current employer about your intent to leave the company. These conversations are never easy, but following a few of these tips can help make the process a little less awkward.
Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute
Whatever you do, don’t put off the conversation indefinitely. This approach can make an awkward situation worse, even having an impact on your future career. For example, if you’re moving because of a spouse’s job opportunity and are still actively looking for employment, giving your employer little notice before you leave could affect your chances of obtaining a good reference.
What, then, is a good time frame? Conventional etiquette says that you should provide a two weeks’ notice, but use some common sense, especially regarding your line of work and your relationship with your employer. If you know about the move months in advance and know that it may be difficult to find a replacement (this especially applies if you work for a small business), give your employer enough time to find the perfect candidate so you can train them before you leave. Your employer will appreciate your willingness to disclose your move in advance.
Have the Conversation In Person
Next, accept that this is a topic that deserves a face-to-face. You wouldn’t (shouldn’t) end a relationship with a text; it’s not appropriate to end a working relationship via email. Ask your boss for a little face-to-face time and outline your intentions to leave in person. Is it more difficult this way? Yes. It is also the best way to handle the situation? Also, yes.
When talking to your employer, talk about the reasons surrounding the move, keeping the conversation honest and forthright.
Decide On An Action Plan
Once you have the conversation with your employer, offer to help make the transition sooner, whether it is helping to hire and train a new replacement or beginning the process of closing out client accounts. No matter how your employer decides to process and handle the information, respect and honor it. When your final day arrives, be courteous and wish everyone well at your organization.
Unfortunately, no matter how well you prepare or how courteous you are, some employers may not take the news well. If you have the misfortune of experiencing this yourself, it’s important to remain professional, no matter what. Even if your employer gives you the “silent treatment” or is downright angry that you are leaving, you can only control your own actions.
Moving provides valuable opportunities for growth, but it can be difficult to leave the old ones behind. By preparing effectively for your conversation and providing enough notice, you can ease the awkwardness of telling your employer about your attempt to leave.
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