The do's and don'ts of handling a notice period
Marc Baloch, Head of Global Insurance at Harvey Nash, shares his advice on making a notice period efficient for both employee and employer.
The notice period is an important time in your career - a graceful exit will secure your legacy and leave a lasting positive impression. Once you have formally handed in your notice, discuss with your employer how you intend to spend your notice period, defining key priorities and how you will effectively handover your workload. Once this is agreed it is important that you manage the expectations of your team during this period and support them however possible to continue being effective in their roles.
There are a number of steps to ensuring the notice period is handled efficiently:
1. Follow your contractual obligations - Unless you and your employer mutually agree to shorten the notice period then stick to the terms laid out in your contract. In some circumstances, employers will be willing to compromise and will shorten a notice period or enable an employee to use the remainder of their annual leave to shorten the period.
2. Give a formal letter of resignation - Even if you have resigned verbally to your employer, it is important to prepare an official letter of resignation as a follow up and hand this letter personally to the relevant staff, for example HR or your line manager.
3. Notify your team - Agree with your employer how and when to tell your team about your resignation. Give your employer some space and time to prepare for this announcement.
4. Meet with HR and organize your outstanding benefits - Sort out any remaining issues such as holiday pay, expenses or bonuses owed and the company procedures for your departure.
5. Prepare a detailed handover document and arrange meetings - Schedule a handover meeting with your employer and relevant members of the team. Make sure they are well informed and understand the top priorities to ensure a smooth departure.
6. Thank you and goodbyes - Take time to maintain the professional relationships you have built within the company. Prepare a list of people you would like to personally thank and be gracious when you exit the company. Make sure you never burn bridges, leave in a positive tone, you will likely be in contact later for references, and this is often when bad departures come to light.
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