Let’s face it – there is usually many facets to why a person leaves a company.  Sure there are stats that highlight bad bosses are at the top of the list but I’ve been pretty lucky in that this has rarely been the case for me.  So I realize that my advice on this topic might be easier to have when you don’t feel under appreciated.

Simply, don’t burn bridges on your way out!

Why?  For starters:

  • You never know when your paths might cross again.  Sure, you can announce that you would never work with so-so again but that’s not the problem.  It’s the word of mouth brand of yourself that suffers. This is not a small world…people know people who know people.  Your version will not always be the one shared.
  • If you couldn’t fix the problem when you were there, chances are you really can’t fix it on the way out.  This is the telephone game at its worst.
  • You won’t feel better.  I know it might be really tempting to let so-so have it but then that’s what becomes the focus not why you got to that point.  They won’t likely apologize and you won’t likely get the closure you really want.  This is one of the few times when I say let the conflict go.
  • Don’t have your final impression be one that is unprofessional.  Be happy with where you are heading and wish them well.  You might be surprised at the closure this does bring.

Now I’m not saying lie in your exit interview but be professional – pick the right battles for the situation – dare I say it, remember why you did love working there and highlight those to keep.  You invested time there, don’t dismiss the entire experience to justify leaving.  That decision needs no justification.

What stops you from burning bridges?


Tricia Broderick

Tricia Broderick

Tricia Broderick is a leadership and organizational advisor. Her transformational leadership at all levels of an organization, ignites growth of leaders and high performing teams to deliver quality outcomes. Tricia has more than twenty years of experience in the software development industry. She is a highly-rated trainer, coach, facilitator and motivational keynote speaker. Beyond her extensive knowledge and skills, her biggest offering is inspiring people to believe anything is possible.

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