Sometimes you’ll initiate leaving a company, other times it may just happen out of the blue. In any case, there are a few things to think through before leaving a company… while you have access to corporate email and phone systems.
- Have a personal plan, if you don’t have one get one (make a budget…) but that will likely need to wait until you have time to think about it. What do you want to accomplish in the next 30, 60 or 90 days. Don’t get lost.
- Create a list of efforts you are working on and who your backup is – give this to your manager.
- Leave an out of office message for those who need to access your efforts/customers.
- Make sure your leader and those who will need to know (HR) have a valid address and phone number.
- Archive (non-company owned) materials for yourself, so you can reference them later.
- Make sure your manager knows about any materials that are in shared resources (e.g., OneDrive for business) that may be accessed by others but could go away when your accounts are removed.
- Does your company have any gamification efforts in health or other areas where there are monetary rewards? Make sure you cash them in.
- Save all the information on benefits for ex-employees that you can find (e.g., COBRA). They will give you a number of documents in a larger company, when you leave, but there can be alumni groups… on-line as well. They can be a tremendous resource.
- >Send a note to those you have been important to your work with the company to let them know you’ll be gone.
- Try to get a copy of anything you sign.
Help make the transition go well for everyone. Meet with your supervisor and offer to do anything possible to help fill the void created by your departure. It can be a rough time for them too.
Don’t burn any bridges, you never know which ones you may need to cross again in the future.
After you’ve left:
- Check on unemployment benefits. Depending on the state, even forced early retirement can have unemployment benefits associated with it. Health insurance will likely be important area of focus as well.
- Be positive — This is just another stop along a journey. Spend your extra time getting fit, educated or something that will improve your person outlook. Prepare yourself of the emotional roller coaster to follow.
- Update LinkedIn and your résumé. Some people scoff at LinkedIn, but this is what it is for.
I am sure I’ve missed something but those were what came to mind this morning. Drop a comment with ideas to help things go well.
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