4 Reasons to Quit Your Job With Class
There’s a good chance that unless you’re a successful business owner, you will inevitably go through multiple career changes. This could be due to a change of interest, the opportunity for higher income, or a less than pleasant work environment that you’re desperate to get out of. We've all been there. You're sitting at your desk, totally spaced out, thinking about how unlucky you are to be in such a soul drenching job that you both hate and cruelly need in order to make your bills on time. Adulthood is not kind to dreamers.
Breathe. Relax. Clear your mind.
No matter how bad it's gotten at work, it's always the best choice to quit your job with the utmost class. The reality is, it's a small world. And you never know who you'll run into that will know your boss or old co-workers. You may even need them for a reference one day. Don't burn that bridge unless you're absolutely sure that the relationship is so tarnished that there is no fixing it.
Regardless of your situation, here are 4 reasons why you should always quit your job with class.
You’ve heard the saying, “it’s a small world out there,” and in the business world, it’s even smaller. There’s a high possibility that at least one of your previous employers is well acquainted with a key figure at your new workplace. The last thing you want is for your new boss to have a preconceived notion that you’re disrespectful and irresponsible for not quitting in an appropriate fashion.
If you’re planning on quitting your job, it’s likely because you have something else lined up. Because of this, you may think that getting a reference from your current employer doesn’t matter, so you skip giving two weeks notice and simply stop showing up for work. This wouldn’t be such an issue if you were guaranteed success and happiness with your new employer—but unfortunately, you aren’t. What happens if you hate it after one week and need to find a new job? Not only are you left unemployed, but you’re also left without a reference.
Throughout your career, you’ll find that networking leads to new opportunities. By keeping a good relationship with your previous employers, they will keep you in mind for future opportunities that arise within the same industry. Many industry leaders know one another, and headhunters will look to these influencers to scout talent that has the background and credibility they’re looking for. Don’t cut off potential connections because of your unruly quitting style.
If the time has come to quit your job, there are likely other employees that have been there for a shorter period of time than you. You may not know it, but these coworkers look up to you, and you really do have a major impact on how they will take the next steps in their career. Even if you can’t stand your boss, it’s important to lead the way and enforce the idea that you control your own fate. Do you want to leave your job? Yes. Will you still give two weeks’ notice and keep the peace during your remaining time at work? Hopefully. Practicing these habits now will benefit others, and it will help you perfect the resignation process when the next major opportunity comes along.
Quitting your job is exciting, terrifying, and somewhat risky all at the same time. The most important thing to remember is that you need to do what is best for you. If you don’t want to quit with class, you need to consider the possible repercussions this decision could have on your future. Instead of risking possible self-sabotage, push your pride aside and put your best foot forward as you leave the office, just the way you entered.