Movies often depict disgruntled employees quitting their jobs by storming out dramatically. Experts say that isn't a good idea. "Your tenure with your employer doesn't end until the very last minute of your very last day," Alexandra Levitt, a workplace consultant and the author of several career books told FINS. "You absolutely want to leave a good impression." Here are a list of tips from FINS, a career resource website, on how to quit your job in a boring, yet less detremental way.
Slacking off toward the end could hurt your impression you leave on your colleagues.
"Pretend that your last two weeks is like your first two weeks at a job," Hallie Crawford, founder of Create Your Career Path, an Atlanta-based career-consulting firm, told FINS.
Attending all meetings, working hard and staying until the end of the work day will leave a positive impression.
Coworkers will remember all the work you left behind for them to do when you ask for a reference.
"Your manager doesn't know about every little thing you do," Sherri Thomas, author of "Career Smart. Five Steps to a Powerful Personal Brand," told FINS. "When you leave, you're going to create some chaos and your manager and colleagues are going to have to pick up the slack, so you want to be sensitive to that."
Connecting with collegues and supervisors is easier while your still there.
Connect through LinkedIn and ask for recommendations.
"Get any signed endorsements or recommendations in writing," Wanda Kiser, an Atlanta-based career coach and founder of Elite Resume Writing, told FINS.
Equipment or company info are not yours and shouldn't be stolen. Clients and products you've created are also things that need to be left behind.
"Don't copy confidential information. Even if you didn't sign a non-compete agreement, you still can't run off with trade secrets," Donna Ballman, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla. employment lawyer told FINS. "In your last few weeks, they'll be watching you like a hawk. If you copy anything from your computer, send yourself a bunch of work emails, or do anything they think is suspicious, they might accuse you of stealing company information even if you didn't."
It may be tempting to vent all negative thoughts about the company and coworkers in the exit interview, but most career experts discourage that.
"People shouldn't do it, but they do," Bob Bies, a professor of management at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business and author of the book "Getting Even: The Truth About Workplace Revenge And How to Stop It," told FINS. "Emotions short-circuit their decision-making process and in that moment there's a moral and irrational thought that tells you to do it."
Express gratitude and appreciation in a "goodbye" email to your boss and colleagues, Levitt told FINS.
"Show deference to the fact that you spent a lot of time at this employer and it was valuable time," she told FINS. "Express appreciation, even if it's not true, because it will make them feel good."
Whether it's a personal email address or a LinkedIn account, the "goodbye" email should include some way to contact you.