New job almost sorted out, planning on handing my notice in this month. What can I do next to make this period as stress free as possible?
After a couple of months of looking around I should be able to have a new job offer by the end of the month. For multiple reasons this is a good thing and I am looking forwards to the new role. Hooray!
But this means then handing in my notice and working the 2 month notice period at the current place which I am REALLY not looking forwards to at all.
I'm leaving the current place, let's say Z CORP, for a mix of reasons - more money (which is important for personal reasons I don't want to go into with most people), frustrations with the current project I work on and some of the people I work with, wanting to see more of the industry, frustrations with the current direction of the firm overall, and lots of good people that I got on with have left in the last couple of years meaning Z isn't anything like the place it used to be.
I've been at Z for about 6 years and likely to be moving to a direct competitor, although with a very different direction. Also current firm is my first real grown up job which I suspect is playing a part. It is a very small industry and so I have no desire to burn any bridges.
-What do I say if any current colleagues ask why I am leaving? Is there a standard generic response that doesn't invite more questions or sound critical of Z?
-How to let people know? I need to let my line manager know (more below) formally and will let those I know closely know in person but what about the others, do I just wait if anyone asks?
-I currently have one line manager who I generally work with every day and one more senior director that generally is my overall manager and has been historically. Performance reviews and that sort of thing are all done jointly but I think I have to tell them this individually. Is that reasonable? And which to tell first?
-And how do I do the formal side? The online examples I've seen go into quite a lot of detail (e.g.
) which I don't feel like doing, I'm assuming I can just write a very short letter? (I don't think there are any internal requirements for its content)
-How do I mentally adjust to being 'on the way out' for the notice period? I make a conscious effort to be fully committed and involved at work. But as I understand once you are on notice you don't get invited to any team meetings, you don't get invited on forward plans or any of the interesting ad hoc work we do etc and so you are very much a second class employee. What mindset should I be going for here?
-Any tips for managing the handover of work? Having suffered from bad handovers in the past I've made sure all my current work is as accessible as possible to others and as known about as possible so this should hopefully be ok....
-What things do people typically do on leaving in your firm? Previous recent leavers of Z have all done leaving drinks which I always find distasteful - if they/I are just going to a rival firm like me (as opposed to leaving to have kids, or to pursue their dream career as a balloonist or something) then to me it is not really something for celebration, just a bit sad. Also I don't particularly like being the centre of attention!
Generally any other recommendations of things to read would be very helpful. Most of the articles I can find
are more to do with not burning bridges, finding the new job etc which I'm not looking for advice on.
Thank you askmefi-ers!