If you gotta go, you gotta do it right.
People have been quitting their jobs in record numbers this year, and I can’t say I blame them. Working in the middle of a pandemic has been a big adjustment for all of us, and for some, it’s revealed either some major inadequacies with workplaces, or given us a yearning to get more out of life. Pandemic or not, though, there’s a process to all things. You may be departing from your place of work, but you still have to do it properly.
First and foremost, if at all possible, announce your intent to quit directly to your boss, and in person rather than through email or phone. Don’t tell your coworkers first, or else the rumor mill will start up. If you can’t tell your boss in person due to remote work, at least try for a video call.
While it’s not technically required, it’s considered common courtesy to give at least two weeks notice prior to when you’re actually leaving the company. This will give the company time to rearrange things or get some new hires ready in preparation for the vacancy you’re going to leave.
The most important thing when quitting a job is to maintain your tact and professionalism. Even if you absolutely despise your work, you need to be polite to your soon to be former boss. Thank them for the opportunity, and leave them with a handshake and a smile. If you trash talk them to their face and stir up trouble, you might be shooting yourself in the foot; when it comes time to find a new job, your new employer may attempt to contact your old one for information about you. If you burned the bridge, your old employer may paint you in a less than flattering light.