How To Make Your Notice Period Comfortable And Productive

So you finally decided to leave your company and resigned. Gone is the time when people used to spend decades in one organization. With a national average of employees spending two years in a company, switching jobs is now treated as quite usual. Let it be for comfort, growth, passion, or merely a better opportunity; your decision is respected.

Now, it’s time for the last phase of work and the beginning of your notice period. The notice period can be of any time period depending on your company, position, and job tenure. On average, an employee serves a notice period of 30 days. While the reason that you are leaving for is healthy for you, there can be a sense of outright hostility too. So, it is essential to make the last 30 days of your job both comfortable and productive, which undoubtedly will reflect on your relieving letter. What can you do?

Handover your weapons

The very first challenge that you and your organization may face is the handover of responsibilities. Whether the transfer goes to your colleague or a new hire, it is your responsibility to ensure a smooth and error-free handover.

The best way to do this is by articulating all of your responsibilities in an excel sheet. Whether it includes your login credentials, project database, or network details, jolt all the details down in a secure file and share it with the respective person. Doing this will not only ensure that you include every vital element in the handover but will also prevent any calls from your employer after you leave. Well, who would want that?

Don’t seize to impress

Now that you are leaving, it may feel righteous not to do all the things that you used to before resigning. After all, there is no need to impress anyone anymore, right? Well, this is where most of the employees end up making a mess.

In the quest of seizing to impress, employees end up doing much less work than they are paid for. If anything, you should make every day justifying enough for the employer to feel even more sorrow from your decision to leave. Just try not to make them cry, literally.

Keep no hard feelings

Even if the reason for you to leave is your boss or a stinky colleague, you are spending the last few days with them before you vanish from their lives and vice versa. Why make your interaction any more complicated than it already was?

So, start interacting with every member of your team casually, respectfully, and with a positive vibe. Having a good ending relationship with your team also eases out the tension that may have built up from your decision to leave. It is believed that the employees who spend a healthy notice period, end up with a more positive environment in the next workplace. Those who end well begin well too.

Mark your words

Employees usually have two ways of leaving a company; resigning after getting a new job, and finding employment during the notice period itself. On average, employees during their notice period take more leaves than usual, which is acceptable if planned wisely. But, it is also essential to plan your interaction about your way forward.

If you have already found a great job, congratulate yourself. But, try not to let the news out to your colleagues or boss. Sharing the details of your great new job to your co-workers may build the air with negativity in them regarding the current one. And, if this reaches the ears of your boss, you can even have legal action taken against you related to propagating views against your organization.

Don’t lose focus

Employers usually try to find out the reason behind your decision to leave. It is both for the sake of improving any flaws within the company and preventing future attrition. If the reason is rectifiable easily, you may come across a counter-proposal to revoke your resignation. Never answer such proposals right away. It is an essential time for you to keep the optimum focus and thought process.

Think about why you are leaving, and whether revoking would solve your problems or not. Many proposals come across as apples and oranges. You may be leaving for an incompatible culture, and the employer may propose higher pay to make you reconsider. Take your time to think about what is important for you, and if your answer is NO, decline respectfully, but firmly.

It will be your honeymoon period if you’ve earned it well

You may be leaving, but always remember that you were an integral part of the organization. You spent almost 8-9 hours every day in this office for some time, made connections, and gained a learning experience. Leaving all of them behind can bring daunting emotions. But, ensuring a good time for everyone around you during the notice period end up joining the new team with a good memory of the previous one.

Priyanka Choudhary

Priyanka Choudhary

Talent Acquisition expert with 8+ years of profound experience in scouting and engaging talent in ITES, Financial Shared Services, Analytics & Insights sectors.