Quitting a job is never an easy task. Even if you have a plan in place as to how you’re going to break the news to your boss, there is still plenty to consider when it comes to the conversation.
Dominique Rodgers, Monster contributor, wrote an article for Monster.com asking readers to Pick One Of These 7 Ways to Quit Your Job. Now, as a novice in the “quitting your job” realm, I am naturally intrigued by the subject matter of her article. Seven variations for quitting a job? At best, I can only conjure two or three ways of making an exit. If you are nodding your head in agreement, then I suggest you read the article in full. It’s definitely enlightening.
In a unique twist, not only does Rodgers discuss the actual way in which departures are presented, she also includes how the effects of such an approach could have on your current and/or future situation. She also points out when and when not to utilize each approach. Bonus: our very own Robby Slaughter, principal of AccelaWork, contributed to her piece with some expert advice as well.
To keep this post from becoming a novel, I’ve narrowed down the list. Check out three of the seven ways to quit your job below:
The By-The-Book Quit
What HBR says it is: You meet with your manager to explain why you’re leaving, and you give them a standard notice period.
What it might sound like coming out of your mouth: “I’ve accepted a position with XYZ. It’s a step up for me, and I’m looking forward to a new challenge. My final day will be two weeks from now.”
When you should use it: “This should be your default approach,” says Robby Slaughter, principal consultant and workplace productivity expert with AccelaWork in Indianapolis. “It’s respectful, professional and provides room for the company to make the best choices to prepare for your departure. Use it when relationships are generally positive and when you have respect for your job.”
When you should not use it: Avoid this method if your time at the company was filled with negative experiences or if you fear retribution from your supervisors. (If that’s the case, see further down this list.)
The Avoidant Quit
What HBR says it is: You leave your manager a note or send them an email, or you tell HR or colleagues and let the message filter back to your manager.
What it might sound like coming out of your mouth: Silence. (That’s the point.)
When you should use it: Slaughter recommends this approach if your manager is unavailable or unresponsive. “You might have a boss who is on an extended sick leave, or who travels all the time and never responds to your calls,” he says.
When you should not use it: Don’t use this method just to avoid an awkward conversation. If you’re worried your supervisor will behave inappropriately, you can always tell HR first and ask for someone from that department to be present when you inform your manager, Slaughter says.
The Impulsive Quit
What HBR says it is: You haven’t planned or given notice, but instead just quit in a hurry and left your company to worry about filling your spot.
What it might sound like coming out of your mouth: Nothing. You leave one day and never look back.
When you should use it: If your employer has a history of unethical behavior or has created a truly toxic or unsafe work environment, ghosting is acceptable, Borysenko says.
When you should not use it: If you’re on good terms with your employer and want to maintain that after you leave. Ghosting will definitely kill that. Also, if you’re living paycheck to paycheck, you don’t want to leave on a whim. “Plan for it. Build security. Set yourself up with resources to live off of while you’re finding your next job,” Borysenko says.
Whether you are finding yourself ready to leave a job or not, understanding the techniques that come with quitting is always beneficial. With all hopes, you’re in a career that you love, in a satisfying work environment and surrounded by colleagues you respect and appreciate. In a perfect world this would be the case for everyone. But, since we don’t exist in a world with such guarantees, the next best thing is to be properly prepared for what comes next in our careers.