4 Ways To Not Burn Bridges

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A lot of the content on this site is devoted to helping you find and secure a job that you can love, or in the worst case, at least stomach on a 9 to 5 basis throughout the work week. However, it is equally important to know how to leave a job without burning your bridges behind you. Who knows, there may come a time when you’ll be hard pressed for a paycheck and your only option is to come crawling back on your hands and knees. Hopefully not though.

Still, here are four ways you can leave a job gracefully without shutting the door completely behind you.

Keep Working

One of the biggest strikes against quitting employees coming back to work is that they often slack off after they have given their two weeks’ notice. It’s a natural tendency to take it easy when the end is so close. Put your feet up on the desk. Spend some extra time out on lunch. Turn in a reduced workload. These are all urges employees with a shelf life indulge in. However, operating like business is usual until your last day is a great way to not only demonstrate your professionalism but to go out on a high note.

Keep Composure

The knowledge that you have to see your coworkers for a large chunk of the week and get along with them is plenty of incentive for people to stay friendly, or at least cordial, with people they otherwise wouldn’t want to be
trapped in an elevator with. One of the biggest bridge burners is that employees on the way out often speak their minds a little too much and tell off their coworkers and supervisors. Avoid this at all costs even if you don’t think you’ll be coming back. You don’t want to tell Donna she stinks if it means a purse to the side of your head.

Show Up

As your last day gets closer and closer, make sure you make the effort to actually come to work. While you can’t get fired for not showing up since you are already on your way out, usually, it still leaves an impression on your boss if you’re hoping to use him or her as a reference. Be Thankful- While this may be a minor point, thanking your supervisor or boss for the opportunity is a great way to send yourself off into the unknown. It won’t
make up for poor performance or slacking off but if you end your employment with a handshake and a meaningful statement about how you’re thankful for the job, it’ll go a long way in sending you off on a high note.

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