With thousands across the country admitting they are struggling with work-life balance, it is no wonder many are thinking of quitting their jobs.

And now, experts have revealed the dos and don’ts of quitting your job, when you decide the time is right to hand in your notice.

These include keeping it brief when telling your boss why you want to lave, and not bragging to your co-workers about your new role.

It come as figures release this week by Total Jobs revealed the average employee in the UK is working almost 8 hours per week from home – the equivalent of working a whole extra day every week of the year.

So if you’re thinking about quitting your job, here’s how to go about it…


Unless it is completely unavoidable do not resign in an email, especially if you and your boss share the same office.

This will be interpreted as rude and even cowardly.  It is always best to have the conversation face-to-face.

Also ensure that you tell the relevant people that you intend to leave before you tell the rest of the office.

Nobody likes to hear such important information through hearsay and you may lose the opportunity to be offered a competitive counter-offer.


When deciding when to hand in your notice, make sure you find a quiet time during the week to speak to your boss.

For example, if experience tells you that Wednesday tend to be stressful in the office, perhaps it is not the best time to have the conversation.

Rather than just suddenly announcing your departure, give the relevant people a heads up in advance that you need a chat with them.

This will ensure time is set aside for a discussion and sees that they are in the correct frame of mind to discuss future steps.


While you make dislike your job or feel that there are several factors that have contributed to your decision to quit, this doe snot mean that you must list every reason.

Pointing out all the negatives is a sure-fire away to create a bad atmosphere in the office.

Keep it brief and stick to the facts, as this will help you maintain a relationship with yur current employers.


No matter what industry you are in, circles tend to run small and you are bound to see the same faces at events or even future workplaces.  Stay professional and do not get personal.

This also means that you should never hand in your resignation when you are angry.

If you decide to give your notice, make sure that you are of a balanced and rational mind.


Do not brag about your new role to your current co-workers, as this will create a bad atmosphere in the office.

It is crucial that you are mindful towards your fellow colleagues who are still working within your current environment.

Your also shouldn’t mention any stage of a job application, interview process, or accepting a new role on social media before resigning.


It is inevitable that your employer will ask you to complete certain tasks or projects before you leave.

However, you should be realistic about what you can achieve during your notice period.

Also, don’t promise to always be on the end of the phone if you are not prepared to be, as you won’t want to still be taking calls from your previous employer when settling into a new job.

Remember that ‘the right way’ might not necessarily work for you; at my last job, I had to send an email to notify my two managers because they were usually not in the office the day/s that I go into the office but we talked on the phone throughout the day.  As a result, I had to send an email a couple of days before I went into work in order that I could then talk to them about it properly when I was next in.  

When wanting to quit your job, you might have to twig the above to suit how your work and your work environment.

By Emily Chan for Mailonline – August 2018



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