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Isn’t it incredible!? Today, the last working week of the 90-Day Program begins! You’ve actually made it this far! Maybe you’re so “in” by now that you don’t even need the help of my program anymore? If so, then I’m all the more pleased because that is and was my goal: that you can tank up so much self-confidence, gain so much experience and confidence during the program that you can manage on your own. You are never really alone; you have your friends, family, acquaintances, and your network. This will also help you in the future, especially if you continue to consciously pay attention to getting together with people who are good for you, do not rob you of energy, and like you just the way you’re.
This week is all about preparing for the big step of leaving your old job – if you want to – and getting fully involved in your new future. There are a few things to consider before saying “goodbye” to your old job and making a good transition to your new “job.” You’ll be responsible for organizing the tasks yourself this week because you know best when what fits best. Here are a few suggestions as to what might be useful this week:
Weekly Task 1:
Dein Ziel sollte es sein, dich möglichst im Guten von deinem alten Arbeitgeber, deinen Vorgesetzten und deinen Kollegen zu trennen. Die Gelegenheit jetzt zu nutzen, um „nachzutreten“ und „endlich mal abzurechnen“, ist keine gute Idee. Denke daran: Du bist nicht dafür verantwortlich, andere zu ändern. Freue dich, dass du bald gehst, und überlasse den Menschen, die dableiben, ihr Leben. Bedenke, man sieht sich immer zweimal im Leben. Gestalte deinen Abgang gut, denn das ist der letzte Eindruck, der bleibt. Und wer weiß – vielleicht wird dieser Eindruck in Zukunft ja doch noch mal bedeutsam für dich.
Your aim should be to part with your old employer, boss, and colleagues in the most positive way possible. Now is not the time to settle scores, right the wrongs, or burn bridges. Remember: You are not responsible for changing others. Be happy that you’re leaving soon and allow the people who stay behind to live their lives. Remember, you never know what role your colleagues may play in the future. Make your departure optimistic; it’s their last impression of you. And who knows – maybe this impression will be meaningful for you in the future after all.
Weekly Task 2:
Recheck your company’s resignation policy and prepare your notice of termination in compliance with those guidelines to avoid misunderstandings and leave an overall positive impression.
Submit your notice of resignation in due time to be free on your desired date. Some companies release employees immediately upon notice of resignation with pay. This would be ideal, of course, because you’d have a salary for the remaining time, while fully focusing on developing your business idea.
In any case, discuss your resignation with your boss first, even if the relationship is not good. This way, you’ve conducted yourself professionally and fairly. Wait for a good time and give them an indirect warning: “Boss, I’d like to discuss something important and personal with you. When’s a good time for you?” That way, he can already smell the roast, so he won’t be caught off-guard. Then explain to him in clear, simple, and neutral terms that you’re going to resign to take on a new job and would like to inform him first and in advance before you submit your written notice.
Complete your job responsibilities to the best of your ability to ensure a smooth transition for your colleagues or clients. Again, a professional and responsible attitude is better for you in the long run.
I strongly encourage avoiding discussion of your job/company’s negative aspects when asked about why you’re resigning. Leave all of that behind you. Instead, talk about the positive things that lie ahead, for example: “I’ve felt more and more strongly lately that I want to do something different, and I’ve finally found the courage to take the step.” If you like, you can explain briefly what you’re planning to do. Who knows? Maybe you’ll find a new customer or someone who’ll consider you a role model and also want to build something of their own.
Here’s a possible formulation: If your relationship with your supervisor was acceptable:
“In the years here at (company name), I felt very comfortable. I had the opportunity to acquire new knowledge and develop skills, and I’m very grateful for that. I now have the opportunity to work in another position that is very close to my interests and where I can still grow. After careful consideration, I’ve decided to take this opportunity. Therefore, I’d like to discuss how best utilize the rest of my time here for a smooth transition.”
If your relationship wasn’t so good and your boss asks why you’re leaving, answer evasively:
“The current work environment had no bearing on my decision to leave. The new job is a better fit for my current interests and skills.”
Weekly Task 3:
If it suits you, thank your colleagues and superiors with a small going-away party.
Additional helpful questions to ensure you’ve covered all bases:
- Who do you’ve to give your notice to?
- How can you make the transition smooth for both sides?
- Who do you’ve to talk to about your job reference, and should you pre-formulate it if necessary?
- Which tasks and projects do you still want to complete?
- Which colleagues, customers, and partners should you inform? How are they informed, and by whom?
- Do you’ve backup copies of important data?
- Are all open questions answered and responsibilities clarified?
- Are there any agreements directly related to your high-level access to company/client data?
- In which tasks do you want to personally train your successor(s)?
Use the week to clarify these issues and the next weeks to plan the handovers.