What To Do When Your Company Wouldn’t Let You Go?

Are you facing trouble in leaving your job?

What To Do When Your Company Wouldn't Let You Go?
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When you’re in a position where you’ve decided to leave your job to start looking at better prospects or when you already have a great job offer waiting in the wings, it’s time to be super excited for your career ahead. Except for one minute detail – leaving the job. While most colleagues would be happy to see you succeed and move on, in many cases your company doesn’t want you to leave or at least not willingly. Here’s how to successfully get out of your old job without making any damage on the either side.

Don’t Discuss Your Job Offers

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When you already have a better offer waiting, the last thing you’d want to do is to tell your boss about it especially when they have no intention of letting you go. One major mistake most employees make is disclosing their newly-offered salary – this makes your boss realize what could be their hook if they wishe to retain you. In any case, retaining you till they find a replacement is the task on hand even if it costs them slightly more than your usual salary. It is a low cost to keep the train moving. Moreover, the news that you’re a flight risk is out now so you better be careful while disclosing the details of what your future job entails.

Leave When Your Notice Period Ends

The only legality surrounding an employee leaving the job is the given notice period and if the contract includes any specific details. If you need to serve a notice period of two months, you are free to leave after two months of putting in your papers. However, if your employee agreement includes a clause called “Non-Competition” which means that you can’t join a competitor of your current firm (from the same industry) for a given period of time. If you do join a company in direct competition with your current company, you are in violation of your employee agreement for breach of which you will have to pay a certain specified amount. However, in practice, such a case seldom occurs. But if you are aware that your employer will go to any lengths to retain you, you might wish to keep your colleagues in the dark about your future plans.

Be Firm And Assertive About Your Transition

Do not fall for the emotional blackmailing by your boss or by your colleagues. Your career path is your priority.
Do not fall for the emotional blackmailing by your boss or by your colleagues. Your career path is your priority.

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Many a times, employees have reported that as the date of their leaving approaches, their bosses start to burden them with unnecessary and unusual amount of work. This causes them to make their transition difficult and leaves them busy throughout the day. Your employer may even joke frequently that you can’t leave them or that you won’t be able to find a better job than the one you’re at. Letting it slide is completely your option, but not at the cost of giving them false hopes. If need be, sit down with your team or boss and explain that you’re planning to leave the company in search of a fulfilling experience.

Never make the mistake of leaving a company on a bad note. The least you could do is bid them goodbye with a farewell party or a sweet thank you letter.

And please do not feel guilty of quitting. Respect and cherish the experience your current company gave you but never get attached to an extent it binds you beyond the right choice for your career. At the end of the day, it’s all about YOUR growth and YOUR prosperity as hardworking, respectful, and valued professional. And you have all the rights to make a decision in that line of thought, WITHOUT FEELING AN OUNCE OF GUILT. In fact, job hopping can apparently be a good thing about your career. Read all about it here.

All the best!