Picture the scenario. You’ve been working in your current position for a considerable amount of time and are relatively happy and have a good relationship with management, but you have been offered a fantastic opportunity to switch careers and start a new job with a new employer. While you are thrilled to explore pastures new, how do you leave a job in a way which does not burn bridges with your current employer?
Anna Goldfarb writes in The New York Times that the secret in not putting your current employers back up the wrong way is to not approach the job offer with a demanding attitude and to be transparent as can be. This kind of honest approach to being headhunted will allow you to gracefully leverage an outside job offer while also ensuring that those in your current workplace are not bitter and resentful.
But is there really a good approach in letting your current employer know that you are handing in your notice?
Joy for a job offer
If your current employer respects your ability to grow and develop then they will be happy for your career change, in fact, they should encourage it. A good manager or business owner wants their staff to excel in all their hopes and dreams, that includes a job or career that will support them financially and inspire them creatively. A good employer will actively encourage their team to push themselves out of their comfort zone and to pursue other avenues when the opportunities arise.
Honestly is the best policy
And if you are fortunate enough to work for the kind of person that wants you to exceed in life, the very least you can do for them is to be as open and honest about the potential opportunity and to provide them with as much notice as possible. This is not so much about burning bridges but more to do with understanding and compassion and grasping that respect is a two-way street in the workplace.
A boss that wants you to have a boss life
If you have the kind of open and honest relationship with your manager that every workplace should have, then your manager should be first to offer their support and guidance in pursuing your new job offer. Whether that be offering a shining reference or advice on how to negotiate a contract, if you have nurtured a healthy and flourishing culture within the workplace, then these kinds of values should really come second to none.
What Get Licensed Says
The best time to look for a new job is when you already have one. This will mean that a conversation with your current employer is inevitable. How that conversation is shaped will depend on a number of factors, most of which will be unique based on your own current situation. Be flexible, be willing to compromise, and above all else, be prepared to have a difficult conversation in saying your goodbyes.