Quitting a job is a situation we all have to go through some or the other time. And the most difficult situation while quitting is to tell your boss that you are quitting. Quitting a job is almost inevitable situation as it is hard to find a job in which you can continue for lifelong. Either it becomes too monotonous or the working environments lose its sheen. Sometimes we opt for a change.

However, mostly we quit job for better opportunities and better salaries. Whatever the reason, a good employee should always inform the concerned superior in advance and quit gracefully.

Whenever you quit, the main hurdle to be crossed is to tell your boss that you are quitting. There are various ways to resign from the job. However, honestly confessing to the boss has its value and is one of the most creditworthy ways of quitting a job. Other than a very close confidante, your immediate boss should be the first person to come to know that you are quitting. 

Relationship With Your Boss

The way to tell your boss that you are quitting will greatly depend on the way you have built up your relations with your boss. Most of the times, relations with a good boss cross professional levels and enter personal lives. In such cases informing your boss about your decision to quit is a very sensitive issue. Albeit, it can be handled well; and if certain points are borne in mind, it can be done gracefully in a way that will neither hurt your personal relations with your boss nor hamper your professional rapport.

If you maintain only professional relations with your boss, a well written resignation letter can suffice to inform your boss about your decision to quit. However, often we tend to get up, close and personal with the boss and hence it is advisable to personally meet and inform him or her that you are quitting.


Your Position In Your Company

How to tell your boss that you are quitting will also depend on the position you hold in your firm or company. If you are one among the many, your boss probably won’t mind you quit as it won’t hamper the company’s operations. However, if you are one of the key personals on whom the company depends a lot for its smooth functioning, then the matter has to be taken to the boss with a lot of care. If you are a crucial employee of the company, the responsibility on your shoulder increases so as to allow for the transition without hindrance.

Whatever the case, here are a few important tips on how to tell your boss that you are quitting.    

·                    Be sure about your decision: Think n number of times before you decide to quit. Once you are firm about your decision, only then think of talking to your boss about it. Do not speculate quitting and talk to your boss half heartedly. Be convinced that you are taking the right step and there is adequate reason behind it.

·                    Talk in person: Once you are firm on your decision, it is advisable for any employee, who has a good reputation, to talk to boss face to face in person. Understand when your boss will be in proper mind to listen to you and only then come out with the topic. Informing boss via email is a strict no, and resignation letter should be resorted to only as a final formality.

·                    Be polite, and honest: While talking in person, keep your old relations in mind and be polite keeping your boss’ stature in mind. Do not resort to any harsh words or too formal an attitude even though you are quitting. Be honest and let only the facts out.

·                    Be ready for an offer: If you are an important person for the firm, chances are that your boss bounces back with offer to retain you. He or she may offer you a promotion, better package or better assignment. Do not get tempted and change your mind. Be firm on your stand and politely refuse any exciting offer that may come your way.

·                    Cite a good reason: You can stick to your guns and say no to the offers only if you have a convincing reason to quit. It may be a better salary, better opportunity or just a change of career. Sometimes health or other family matters may compel you to quit. Do honestly tell the reason to your boss. If you do not want to spill the beans, even tell that to your boss.

·                    Give ample time to find the replacement: If you are a key personnel, then inform your boss that you will cooperate with the company till it finds a suitable replacement. Further promise to give some time to train your substitute before you totally handover your functions. 

·                    Do not complain: Do not pass the buck by complaining about your colleagues, working environments or company policies. Instead, if you seriously feel about any issue, then give positive suggestions to improve upon it. Further, be active like you normally are till the last minute you spend with your company.

Keeping the above points in mind can prepare on How to tell your boss that you are quitting. Thank him or her for whatever he or she did for you. Remember, never lose your own dignity or tarnish the company’s image in order to make ground for quitting.



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