Make sure to wait until after you leave your current role so that it doesn’t seem like you are too eager to run off to your new position. Play it cool – at least until you get home on your last day.
3. Avoid the gossip train
You have made it this far without taking part in all the office gossip, so it should be easy to maintain that through your last week of work.
Avoid saying anything that will portray you in a negative light even when you are no longer there to defend yourself. You never know who you will work with again. Don’t let your last impression be a bad one.
This advice extends to talking about your next position. Keep it vague. Going into all the specifics of how amazing your new role is may lead to some resentment among your coworkers.
Additionally, you don’t want to give anyone a chance to bad mouth your future company. Wait to share your new role's details until you are in it.
4. Have a meeting with an executive whose work you admire
If there is an executive in your office whose work you admire, ask if you can have a coffee meeting with them.
This is an excellent opportunity to ask for career advice and get an idea of what made them successful today.
If they say no, you have lost nothing. If they say yes, you have potentially made a great networking connection.
5. Write your farewells
Take advantage of your free time during your last week of work and write your coworkers farewell notes. Make it personal by thanking them individually for the assistance they gave you or the ways they supported you in your role.
Include your contact details so you can catch up in the future. Go the extra mile and hand write these notes; it makes more of a lasting impact.
6. Finish up projects or pass them on
Try your hardest to finish up projects, or at least your part in them. If this isn’t possible (and often it isn’t), make sure to hand over your work correctly to your coworkers.
Talk with your manager about how this can be accomplished. That way, everyone on the team will be aware of who is taking on what responsibility. Work with your coworkers to ensure they are up to speed before your last day.
Part of this process could include writing up notes or transition documents. You may need to detail out processes you follow. Hand over as much knowledge as possible.
Go the extra mile to make sure everyone is prepared for your departure. It won’t go unnoticed.
7. Play it cool if you have a farewell party
If your company takes you for farewell drinks during your last week of work, remember that you are still on company time.
Behave yourself, watch what you say, and be the professional you are.
8. End on a positive note
Just as you only get one chance to make a first impression, you only have one chance to leave a last impression. From handing in your resignation letter to your last day, maintain your professionalism.
Even though you may be tempted, don’t mentally check out during your last week of work.
Instead, remain on your best behaviour. You have worked hard to build a strong work relationship, don’t let the last week demolish them.
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This post was written by: JC Cornell, Renewables and Growth Marketing Manager