The time has come, and you are leaving your current job or role, your current contract, and going on to something else. Whether it is by choice, promotion, design, or by circumstance…. Congratulations – a new beginning is upon you.
Change is hard, and humans essentially hate change. It’s an exciting time for you and you have a lot to think about. Most of what you want to think about is your next move, not about where you are now, however with a few simple things you can make sure your transition goes smoothly and the people you leave behind are cared for.
In today’s corporate world, no one really ever knows where our life’s journey will take us and who you will be working with or for. We’ve all seen people leave and start new roles, only to have their new organisation acquired by their old, or they have been so aggressively fighting a competitor that they then through acquisitions have to start selling that product or service. Managing your brand, the way you exit and the lasting impression on others is exceptionally important.
The most important thing you need to focus on is bring your current job, your role or your projects to an ordered close as best as you can. A succinct list of where you are up to, what needs to be completed, who is doing what, where your replacement or replacements can locate items, files etc and a contact list.
Here are some simple, fundamental things that you can manage with grace poise dignity, helping you to create a happy ending.
Sometimes you may have a day, a week, a month or longer to prepare for your move, depending on the circumstances. Aim to complete as much as you can in what ever time you have. Having a plan, and communicating that will help others in your team/s manage the change. If you are moving departments, companies, countries, you may have to work with those on your current team again, so try and maintain good relations with as many as you can. Here is a simple list of actions for your ‘to do’ list:
For most of us, we spend more time at work, or with colleagues than we do at home or with our friends (sad but true), which often results in our colleagues being our friends. Saying goodbye is difficult to our friends, even if you are not necessarily close with some of your team, you don’t want to say something now, that you may regret later.
Your exit is the best way to ensure the lasting impression your colleagues have of you is your best impression brand has the best lasting impression.
Change is stressful, however there are some simple and effective ways of helping to minimise the stress for everyone involved. Above all – be considerate, be kind, and leave a good impression. Don’t boast, don’t complain, don’t whinge or whine.
Life is short, and you never know where tomorrow will lead you. Don’t have regrets!