You want to quit, but you don’t know how to broach the subject with your boss.Jason Calacanis, founder and CEO of Mahalo, has seen a whole spectrum of resignations.
The worst: anyone who quits via e-mail.
The best: employees who ask to sit down and have a real discussion of why they’re leaving.
If you want to resign on good terms with your boss, Calacanis has provided a foolproof script for you to use on his blog.
Here is a basic script for a situation where you absolutely want to leave a job:
“Boss, this is hard for me to say, so I’m going to just come out and say it: I’m resigning today. Don’t worry, I will give you as much time as you need to transition–within reason. It’s not personal, but I really want to take on this challenge at company TKTK. I understand if you don’t want me here in the office as a distraction to the rest of the team. Please let me know how I can help us all have a really smooth transition.”
Here is a basic script for the situation where you would rather stay, but need for some things to change in order to do so:
“Thanks for taking the time to talk to me today, Boss. I wanted to let you know that I’m considering leaving the company and have received a compelling offer at company TKTK. However, I would much rather stay here if a couple of small things could change. Would you like to hear what those things are?”
If you say that script to almost any boss–including a fiery one like myself–they have no choice but to be reasonable. They may be upset at losing you, but they can’t really be upset at you. Every year, I have five people come to me with one of these two scripts. In every case,the person leaves on good terms or we figure out a way to make it work. Generally speaking, 3/5 leave and 2/5 stay.
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