The last day of work will always bring along within it a valley of memories.
Your decision of leaving your current job to join a better place is no less than accepting a new challenge!
Whether you have been in the job for the past couple of months or years, the last day of work will turn out to be a mixture of sweet and bitter moments that blends harmoniously. You might feel bad as you will leave your favourite colleagues or you might feel good because you will never again see that over confident manager who seems to know everything better than the others, every time!
Your reason to leave may be positive or negative, but it’s absolutely important that you write the end note with the firm belief that the place will always keep a window of better opportunity, open for you in the future.
So, here is a list of things that you should do on your last day of work :
Let not your notice period change your attitude
Table of contents
- 1 Let not your notice period change your attitude
- 2 Don’t hang the person who would step into your shoes
- 3 Don’t leave a goal un-achieved
- 4 Thank your Boss
- 5 Ask for your performance report and recommendations
- 6 Interchange contacts with your co-workers
- 7 Celebrate the exit with your close colleagues
- 8 Clean up your desk and computer
- 9 Find out the benefits from the HR
- 10 Tie up loose ends
- 11 A memorable farewell speech
- 12 Face the exit interview
- 13 Conclusion
Your notice period starts the day you E-mail your resignation.
During this period, do not send negative signals to the authority or your co-workers because any such attitude can land you in trouble. Just because you are leaving, doesn’t make the place unworthy of working.
Do not take a chance for your own good. Stay composed even if you feel frustrated. Survive your notice period in a style, in its usual high standards.
Don’t hang the person who would step into your shoes
Once you take the decision of leaving, the company will arrange for your replacement.
It is your responsibility to guide him or her , step by step , providing the tools to succeed and transferring all your knowledge and information to be able to use. All detailed instructions on important projects, sample reports, daily or weekly schedules are to be handed over properly, on time.
The new employee should be comfortable in the job, and be allowed to clear out the queries before actually performing the tasks solely. No doubts or confusions are to be left before leaving. Make the transition as smooth as possible.
Don’t leave a goal un-achieved
Before framing your departure in your mind, do your best to not leave a pre-determined goal unachieved. Prioritise your projects and finish it within a reasonable time slot.
Do not take it as a burden, stay positive and leave no stone unturned to reach your target.
“Even if you’re dissatisfied about the job you’re leaving, remaining professional will serve you in the long run,”
Cohen said. One minor error during your last days might blemish your honor after you’re gone.
Thank your Boss
Your thoughtful gratitude to your boss for the encouragement and inspiration is mandatory.
While writing the thank you / appreciation note, choose the most efficient words that would create the deepest impact. A handwritten card can be more attractive, but don’t make it more casual than needed.
A final thanking session ensures that you leave on a positive note with an appropriate impression of your relationship. You can make it through an official meeting, in the lunch or tea break or just in a personal conversation.
Ask for your performance report and recommendations
Before making the final way out, don’t forget to collect your performance report or your experience certificate because it is the most important for your career.
It works as a good reference letter that will convince your future employers and also be the bio of your accomplishments. A proper experience/ release letter is also mandatory in VISA and Green Card processing.
Interchange contacts with your co-workers
You must be thinking, ”They will soon become a past. Why should I care about being in touch with them anymore?” But the fact is that it matters.
Rather, you should strive to be in a good touch with your ex colleagues, because in the long they can prove to be excellent mentors who can guide you throughout your professional career advancements. There are a number of ways that can let you stay linked, be it via phone or E-mail or the social media platforms.
A past co-worker can also refer your name to a new recruiter. What can be more considerable than that?
Celebrate the exit with your close colleagues
Go out for a lunch or dinner treat with your favourites, because you might not meet them for a long time after you leave. Share your good experiences and let them know that you truly acknowledge their individual efforts towards making you a better professional.
Exchange tokens of love, click pictures and create the best memories on your last day at work. While it pains to bid them adieu, thank them for their unending support and goodwill and also, don’t forget to wish them all the good luck for their future endeavours.
Clean up your desk and computer
Don’t wait to clear out your personal desk, rearrange the stuffs and throw those things that you kept unnecessarily. Clear your browsing history, personal passwords, pictures, bank details or any other personal files that you saved in the office computer. Share any item that you feel like might be helpful to others.
Find out the benefits from the HR
Before you leave , confirm the due dates of the different insurance coverage that you received from your employer. Check if your contract offer letter provides you any other benefits under the employer’s plans and policies and depending on the circumstances of your departure.
Get all the required information from the HR relating to long -term disability or wellness benefits that might prove to be really helpful to you.
Tie up loose ends
Make the most of your last moments and leave the place gracefully.
Whether you loved or hated your company and its people, the most appropriate way to deal with them is by being positive, polite and with mutual respect for each other. Make rounds in the office and talk to the people and as a final act, share a few smiles and put an end to the previous issues, if any.
Don’t forget to personally meet and show your respect to the security guard and the receptionist for the unbound service provided by them. An employee leaving the company is a delicate situation and it depends on the outgoing employee as to how he or she makes an easier way out of the place and focus on the next job.
A memorable farewell speech
Many companies organise farewell meetings and a powerful speech can erase all shortcomings. Appreciate the enormous efforts put in by the employees irrespective of the different organisational levels. Be modest and amicable , take and give credits to the management and stress on the long term visions of the organisation.
Conclude your speech with an inspirational note, thus motivating the employees to stand united towards gaining their goal.
Face the exit interview
It is probably the toughest part before you cut your relationship with an organisation.
Exit interviews can be disquieting, but you need not stress because exit interviews can actually be productive to you as well as the organisation. But, what is an exit interview?
It is a survey made by the HR with an employee who is about to leave the organisation, regarding the likes and dislikes and how the workplace can improve recruiting and retention.
It is basically a feedback system that can help in re-establishing the policies to make it suitable for its employees. Regardless of why you leave the job, stick to the basic professional level while having the discussion. A confident exit interview can benefit all the employees.
Apart from the above points, there are a certain things that you should keep in mind to be on the best terms with the organisation :
- Never say that the company is not worthy of working with (just because you are moving out ) as it may hurt the other employees.
- Don’t try to steal any office staff , like the stapler or may be the favourite pen drive that you were assigned to work.
- Don’t insult your supervisors or managers. Because you never know where your career takes you to. You might have to return to the same place one day.
- Don’t boast of your new job. That is entirely unprofessional.
- Don’t try to convince your colleagues to leave the organisation. Every employee has personal choices to make for their own good, just like you did.
- Avoid posting bad reviews about the organisation in the social media.
- Avoid being absent on the last day of work. It’s just the final 8 hours and you should be ready for it. Don’t expect your annual leave on your last day. Any petty excuse for not coming to the office on that day can create a mess.
- Don’t damage the computer or the printer or the walls. Calm down.
- Don’t promise to be in touch with a colleague to whom you have hardly spoken during your tenure in the organisation. You can anyway be connected through professional platforms.
- Control your emotions. You are expected to go with a smiling face, not teary eyes.
- Keep a positive tone even if you are fired.
- You might want to write about your bitter experiences to all the employees, but in order to keep yourself in the best possible light, avoid sharing your stories with all of them.
- Don’t just leave without saying a word or without serving a notice.
- Keep your final E-mail brief and to the point. Re-check the content before sending it. Avoid errors and grammatical mistakes.
- Don’t shout on your boss, rather have a private talk about the problems you had that let you resign.
Just like the first impression, the last ones are equally important.
Whether you get fired or you choose to leave, it is suggested to maintain the standard while leaving. You need to make your last day count, and for that to happen, you have to perform.
You have to be productive not just to cover up the remainings but to give them your best , because you cannot deny the fact that the organisation will pay you until you finally walk out of the door.
Your attitude should make the employers think over why they didn’t do more to keep you with them. Leaving on good terms can be a great way to get a future reference or assistance.
Yes, handling the last moments can be stressful but it’s your final act, so do it right, because one wrong step and the door to that place closes forever. Regardless of everything, it’s time to be happy, and celebrate the new journey.
All the best !