You’re leaving – how do you break the news to your colleagues?


Timing is everything. You may be bursting at the seams to make a big announcement. Before you say anything to your peers, make sure your immediate line manager is in the loop. Find the time to talk to them privately in person with written confirmation of your intentions to move on.  It doesn’t need to be war and peace. Simply confirm the role you’re resigning from and your end date in line with your contract. Be thankful and positive about your time at the company.

When the time comes to let everyone know, make sure you do this outside of core work time; either during breaks or at the end of the day. You don’t want to encourage gossip in the office which distract people. Remember you still have a job to do.

Stay Positive – There may be a variety of reasons why you’re leaving your current post, more than likely some negative. Don’t be tempted to get drawn into the whys and wherefores with your colleagues. You don’t want to be the person who stirs up negativity in the office. Focus on the great opportunity ahead and what’s exciting about the new position rather than the down points of your current role, but be careful not to brag about it.

Think about the way in which you tell people, especially if morale is low. Avoid  communications over work emails and try to avoid talking about your new role in work time.

Be remembered for your professionalism, not bitterness. Resist the urge to say what you really think and avoid confrontation. You don’t want to be remembered as a troublemaker. Don’t lower yourself to negative comments about your employer or colleagues on social media.  This may lead to damage to your reputation or your dismissal and certainly refusals of a reference should you need one in the future.

Invest time and effort in a good handover – you’re working your notice, but that doesn’t mean time to put your feet up. Make sure you tie up any loose ends and produce an effective handover. Offer to train others on any key responsibilities and help to recruit your replacement if you think it would add value.

Keep in touch with people – make sure you’re connected to your colleagues on LinkedIn and have contact details for the people you consider to be friends. You never know when you may be able to help each other in the future. Think about LinkedIn recommendations for the people who you deem to be great at their jobs or who have helped and supported you in your work.


So, as you embark on the next stage in your career, look forward to it, but give careful consideration and respect to who and what you're leaving behind.


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