How to announce to my boss that I'm quitting?
December 22, 2010 8:38 PM Subscribe
I'm about to quit the great job I've had for the past 6 years for personal reasons. I'm in charge of a lot of projects and I'm stressed about the transition with my future successor. I'm looking for advice on how to handle this situation.
posted by kag to Work & Money (15 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I come from a small town (2 000 people) in New Brunswick, Canada. When I finished university in 2004, I decided to move to Quebec City 450 miles away to get a job.
I've been working at the same small company (12 people) for 6 years now. Things have always been great here:
- I'm good at what I'm doing (I don't remember ever being reprimanded)
- The pay is good (probably not the best out there but enough for me to live comfortably)
- No crazy deadlines (stress is almost non-existent)
- I like pretty much all of my colleagues
But over the years, I realized that one thing has always left me empty: pretty much all of my friends and family are back in New Brunswick. I think about them every single day, I love them so much that I’ve never felt like making new friends here. Of course I’ve met a bunch of people here and became good friend with a few, but it’s not the same. New Brunswick is the place I consider home.
I always thought I would never be able to get a job back home but I was recently approached for a very good one. I’m going for an interview during the holidays and I’m pretty sure I’m gonna land the job.
That being said, I’m really stressed about telling my boss that I’m quitting. I’m stressed because I don’t work in a big team that can easily take over my projects. We are three PHP developers, but the other two are working full time for a single client and I’m in charge of all the other projects. We have so much work lined up that we hired a new employee just a month ago to help me.
I'm stressed because the timing isn’t great, but I feel this is an opportunity I *have* to grab. Otherwise I know I’ll have regrets for a very long time. This isn’t a professional decision, but a personal one.
I’ve been visualizing the upcoming discussion with my boss countless times and it makes me nervous every time I think about it. I’m looking for advice on how to gracefully handle this.