Do you hate your job? Or are the workplace dynamics toxic? Thinking of leaving?
If you’re seeing the signs of possible downsizing or you feel that you’re being pushed out because you’re not popular, it may be time to resign. However, before you quit, exercise caution not to burn bridges and to keep your reputation intact. Continue to present yourself professionally and you’ll be able to leave on a good note rather than a sour one.
Make sure that you manage the final impressions that you leave, because your last weeks or months of work are what people will remember about you. And this can affect your future career prospects, especially if you work in a small industry or town.
You can always redeem or improve your work reputation, even if the general opinion is unfair and you really are more professional than those around you.
Three Things You Need to Know Before You Quit Your Job
1) Exercise Discipline.
Don’t speak ill of your fellow associates, work colleagues or your department within the company. If you have been, stop now.
Be professional in all of your dealings, especially with customers and colleagues outside your specific department. Your customer is the person that receives the results of your work – and this is not necessarily your boss or even your department. The quality of your work should speak volumes about you as a professional and as a person. Don’t allow yourself to become embroiled in office politics or idle gossip. You’ll stand out above the rest. And when your customers see your work, they just might be the ones giving the excellent referrals to a new potential employer (for you).
2) Become Self-aware and Savvy.
Know and understand what you have learned working in your current job before you quit. Do you know how you contributed positively to your work environment and to the company? Pinpoint the times you have had to exercise your conflict resolution skills. Did you do a good job or could you have improved? Can you admit honestly to yourself your part in a toxic situation? If you can become more self-aware, you are better prepared for whatever life throws at you.
If your analysis includes the bigger picture, such as how systems at work caused people to conflict, you’ll be able to vet potential employers for their likely workplace dynamics. When you go to your next job, you’ll be able to ask pertinent questions about the company’s expectations, how your work will be evaluated, who your customers will be, what policies are in place and how they’re enforced. A debriefing analysis will put you in a better position to decide where you’ll work if you know what you’ve learned or what you have yet to learn.
3) Focus on the Future and Be Positive!
Now that you’ve made the decision to quit your job, think about how you’ll live life. Will you get another job? Or will you choose to spend quality time with loved ones or pursue that elusive passion of yours? Whatever you decide to do, make sure you really move on, and enjoy the journey!
If you plan to do things that make you smile just thinking about them, your positive outlook will add to the final impressions you leave at work.
When you follow the three tips above, you might turn the workplace dynamics around for yourself. You may even decide to stay! Whatever you decide, good luck, and to your success.