When an employee is about to leave an organisation —be it of her own volition or not—it can become quite stressful. That doesn’t have to be the case, though, if you know what you need to do to make the most of it. Anjali Venugopalan asks experts.
1 SMOOTH HANDOVER
“Make sure you hand over all pending work to colleagues,” says Kanika Gupta, co-founder of Square Yards, an online property aggregator. Update your clients about your impending departure, and get all the required clearances from various departments in such a manner that there’s no follow-up required later, she says. “You own your brand,” says Chetan Yadav, chief people officer at Tally Solutions, a company that makes software for enterprises. Even though a feeling of detachment is common among those serving their notice period, it’s important to stay a thorough professional until the end.
Getting references from colleagues and supervisors will strengthen the chances of your getting good opportunities in the future, says Gupta. Apart from professional reasons like mentorship and getting subject-specific advice, you may want to strengthen your relationships with colleagues with whom you want to stay friends, says Yadav. “How strong a relation you build by the time you leave will impact the future course of your relationship,” he says, “Once you move, it will be a kind of a long-distance relation.”
Yadav says attitudes can really change when you’re leaving. Your managers can be a lot more frank with you, so it’s a good time to get valuable feedback. You should also give feedback to those who ask for it—since you’re leaving, they too will be more receptive and not as defensive as they would be if you were still in the organisation, he explains. And if you’ve been let go by an organisation, says Gupta, make sure you understand indepth the mistakes you made.
Some companies give employees a ‘garden leave’ where they don’t have to report to work, says Gupta. This could be to prevent the employee from knowing about the plans of the company before going to a competitor. It also helps keep the morale of other employees up, she says. “This could be the time when you can think about the things that you have been putting off for the future,” says Yadav. It could either be a professional course, a hobby or just getting behind the wheel and hitting the road.
5 NEW ROLE
“You must acquaint yourself with your future company, the nature of their business and your job role,” says Yadav. This will help you prepare for any new set of skill that may be required. It also helps set your expectations and will guide you in your first few days in the new company.