How to Quit Your Job Without Burning Bridges

So you’ve decided to resign. Whether it be because you’re unhappy or because you’ve found another position that better aligns with your evolving skills, you’ll need to tell your current employer. The average worker today stays at a job for 4.6 years, according to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. “People are more accustomed to the comings and goings of colleagues than in the past.” But what is the right approach? Who should you tell first? How much notice should you give? And how honest should you be about your reasons for leaving?

According to Len Schlesinger, a professor at Harvard Business School and coauthor of Just Start, “The bookends — how you start and how you end — are the most important parts of any professional relationship.” You set the tone for your departure. Luckily, the Harvard Business Review has outlined Schlesinger’s 7 crucial steps to take and keep in mind when resigning:

  1. Be flexible
  2. Tell your boss first
  3. Be transparent
  4. Don’t gossip
  5. Be strategic about your time
  6. Express gratitude
  7. Beware the exit interview


Read the full article on The Harvard Business Review here.