Whatever be the reason for your exit, you need to serve your notice period just like every other employee. Whether you are leaving the organisation voluntarily or have been asked to put down your papers, your last few days at the company will reflect your true self to your boss and colleagues as you are no longer trying to please them. Different employees have to serve different amount of periods depending upon their ranking and position. If you are a junior, you will have to serve a minimum span of one month and if you're at a senior position, your period can range between three to six months. Instead of using this term as a relaxed downtime, you can do things to leave a striking last impression on your colleagues and superiors. Here's how:
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Give a thorough handover
Whether you've worked solo or in a team, you need to hand over your job responsibilities to your replacement or your current colleagues while serving your notice period. It is common courtesy to tie up loose ends and hand over all documents and files to whoever will be handling your duties after your exit. If done properly, not only will you be viewed as a responsible individual, but you'll also ensure you leave the company on a good note.
Continue to work like you used to
It is important to behave respectfully while serving your notice period as you're still in employment. Making lunch plans with friends and staying out for a long time during company hours should be avoided. Maintain your daily routine, and if you need time off during this period, inform your superiors in advance instead of simply bunking office.
At the beginning of your notice period, speak to your seniors and HR and request them to write reference letters for you. Even if you have secured your next job, think of these letters as long-term investments that showcase your soft skills and details like your date of joining, relieving and last designation.
Clear all documents
Get a clearance certificate from all stakeholders. Transfer all your personal contacts and data from your office computer to your own device. Calculate your pending salaries, bonuses, commissions, reimbursement bills, and encashment of leaves with your HR before you exit so that your final settlement is free of faults.
Plan your future
You might have already secured your next job or you might be leaving your current employment for further studies. Whatever the case may be, use the time at hand to explore your options and plan your finances. If you're on the lookout for a better opportunity and your interview timings clash with your company hours, request your boss to give you an hour or two off. This is why it helps to be on good terms with your superiors till the very end. Keep your relationship and communication with your company's HR, boss and colleagues amicable as it is a small world and you're likely to cross paths with some of them in the near or distant future.
Practise these during your notice period and you'll leave a mark on your ex-organisation even after you move on.