Telling your boss that you want to quit or are planning a job change can give rise to a variety of reactions, from tearful meetings to hurtful bosses. It is never easy to tell them that you have priorities beyond your present job, and your goals do not really align with theirs.
It can actually be awkward. While bosses are comfortable with firing employees, they may not take rejections well. While some may genuinely wish you luck, some may not take it so well.
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Rashmi Nair, Project Manager at Spritz Interactive Technology, says, “The most important thing is to be confident and not have a confused or vague conversation. When you are sure of your role in the organisation and why you want to move on, then this part becomes easier. If sound confident, your boss may be convinced well, and respect your decision.”
So, how do you tell you boss that you are planning to quit?
Understand That You Are Not The First
You may be better prepared if you realise that you may not be the first to have this conversation with your boss. There may have been others before you to have resigned too. So, if you are scared your boss will be shocked, throw a fit, or be personally offended, take a deep breath and understand that this is a totally normal part of the working world.
Have A Responsible Conversation
Do not try to blindside the boss by being vague in the conversation. Lead how the meeting goes. You should be honest about the answers you give to questions regarding your next job. You can be brief, and need not give all the details, but avoid trying to be to smug about your future prospects. You should also have clarity regarding the reasons you are leaving, because a convincing conversation is important.
End Things On A Good Note
This may not be the end of your professional relationship. You might need a future reference from him or her, or might even considering returning to the organisation. Whatever may be the case, the world of work has become small with networking. And it is better to resign with a good rapport with your boss. There are plenty of ways to remain connected.
These things will help you have a smooth approach to telling your boss that you want to quit.