The (Almost) Pain-Free Guide to Having the “I Quit” Discussion With Your Boss
By | Adrian Granzella Larssen | www.themuse.com
Over the course of my career, I’ve had three “hey boss, I’m quitting” talks. One involved tears of sadness, one involved tears of happiness (though I saved them for after the meeting), and one involved my boss asking if I could take him with me.
All of them, though, involved a gut-wrenching feeling that was equal parts fear and guilt (and OK, maybe a little excitement). Sound familiar? Whether you’re thrilled to be leaving a job or sad to be departing from a company you really love, having that conversation is rarely easy.
There’s plenty of advice out there on the basics of how to put in your two weeks’ notice: Break the news, express gratitude for all the opportunities you’ve received, and show that you’re committed to transitioning your responsibilities. But let’s go a bit deeper on that first step. How do you actually tell your boss you’re quitting? And how can you make that conversation as low-stress as possible?
Here are a few steps to follow:
You’re not the first person who’s ever quit, and you won’t be the last. So if you’re scared your boss will be shocked, throw a fit, or be personally offended, take a deep breath and repeat: This is a totally normal part of the working world. Not to mention, your boss might not be as blindsided as you’d think after weeks of “emergency dentist appointments.”