A 2018 Deloitte Survey which analysed 10,455 millennials, born between 1983 and 1994, from 36 countries across the globe, found that 43 per cent of people didn’t plan to stay in their job beyond the two-year mark — the ‘job-hopping’ generation. Furthermore, only 28 per cent of the people included in the survey expected to stay in their job more than the recommended five years. This pattern of behaviour was shown to be stronger in 2019, when a millennial manager survey found that 75 per cent of millennials believed that constantly changing jobs would help advance their careers.
Long gone are the days in which school leavers would work for the same company for 49 years post-exiting education, collecting their carriage clock and ‘you’re only old once’ as they walk out the door for the final time.
With this in mind, you need to be prepared to have that rather awkward conversation with your boss about leaving, the best course of action to take to avoid a turbulent exit, and how to extinguish a potentially volatile situation.
In this article, we detail some useful suggestions on how to leave a job.
Firstly, what is it that is making you leave your job, and are you moving on for the right reasons? Take your time and carefully consider your future because, more often than not, once you’ve handed in your resignation it is hard to retract it.
Is it a colleague, or one particular aspect of your job which is making you leave? If so, is there perhaps a way in which you can better your current working environment?
If you don’t already have an alternative job lined up and this aforementioned reason is the case, then speak to your manager and see if you can come to an amicable arrangement.
Handing in Your Notice
Once you’ve made the decision that you are leaving, the first thing to do is check your contract and see where you stand legally, as a breach of the details could result in legal ramifications, which could involve facing an employment tribunal.
Two weeks is the standard notice period and most companies will accept unless stipulated otherwise in your contract. Your company might ask you to stay longer however it is completely up to you whether you want to or not. Take into consideration however, if you want to maintain a good relationship, it might be worth offering yourself to help with the transition period between now and your departure.
Assisting the company, despite the fact you are leaving, so that your loss to the business is felt as minimally as possible, will enhance your credibility. It will also safeguard the chance that, if you ever needed to, you could return. This assistance could be the training of a new member of staff, or a smooth project handover to your colleagues.
Whilst some employers will request that you work for longer, some may also ask you to leave immediately after you submit your resignation, so be prepared for that eventuality…