Once you have decided to say goodbye to your current company or planning a switch in near future, below are a few things you should do while serving your notice period. This will be a great way to end your journey in that company in a positive way.
It is always advisable to leave on good terms. Always stay polite and cordial to all your colleagues. Give your organization time to complete all the formalities completely, so that there no hassles in the future.
Your boss must be the first one to know
You may have had tough times with your boss, but your boss must always be the first person in the organization to know about your switch.
Give time to help him absorb the information since he/she needs to plan so that work does not suffer. He may even resolve your issues and request the senior management to retain you. In case you are adamant on leaving, then he may be able to ensure a smooth exit.
Once you have submitted the resignation letter do not take your work for granted and maintain a professional routine. Always follow company protocols since the last impression could last a lifetime. Many make the common mistake of being casual and ignore the work on hand.
Knowledge Transfer and Prepare a good succession plan
An effective succession plan is very important to ensure that work is not hampered. Your employer may want you to complete or submit a final report on all the existing projects before you leave. Make sure you provide complete knowledge transfer about your projects to your replacement.
It is important for your replacement to understand the responsibility and get complete clarity on the status of projects. Introduce your replacement to the current team, clients, and vendors on or before your last visit to them.
Documentation and finances
Procure your relieving letter from your employer so that there is no objection from their end. Make sure you save all your personal data and contacts from the office computer if allowed. Delete any personal data before handing over official laptop. Check your insurance cover since the insurance sponsored by your employer will elapse as soon as you leave the firm. Have a complete discussion regarding gratuity and PF details and how you can claim them.
Take up a hobby and meet up with friends
After fulfilling the official task, take out time for yourself and for the people outside the office too. Prepare a list of friends who you wish to meet and hang out with. Spend quality time with all your friends because you have ample of time and may not get this chance again. You can also take up a new hobby or follow your passion like photography, cooking, horse riding etc.
Research about the new job
If you have found a new job, make the best use of the notice period time to research about the roles and responsibility of the new profile. If the new job requires some additional technical skills then you can enroll yourself in various courses (online or offline) to get a detailed knowledge about the area. This will make you feel confident at the new place.
Finalize your relocation plans and packers and movers if using.
Once you have found the new job in a different city or same city, if there is a need of a relocation then you can start finalizing packers and movers. You can get quotes from different packers and can choose the best, reliable and affordable company. This will save you from last minute hassles.