There comes a time in a girl’s life when she has outgrown the company she was working for, landed her next gig and gave her boss two weeks notice. She would never want to leave on bad terms and wants to be sure to cover all of her bases before leaving. So incase you are going down the same path, and were wondering, this is what to do on your last day of work.
The last day at your company can bit a bit emotional and awkward. Especially if you have been there for a long time. So while trying your best to not let your emotions get the best of you, don’t forget these simple yet important steps.
Clean Up Your Area
Don’t leave anything behind except for work documents your employer needs. Everything else must go. Pack up all of your desk decor and personal belongings. Go through all of your folders and paperwork, throwing away anything unimportant. Go through the files on your computer and delete any personal files or search history. If you want, update your email signature so that incase anyone emails your work account after you leave, they will get an auto response letting them know you are no longer with the company and who to contact instead.
You never want to leave on bad terms and you want to do your best to help ease the pain of your departure, so whether your boss asks this of you or not, I would highly suggest putting together some kind of hand-off document with a list of your outstanding tasks that will need to be completed along with any important instructions or links to resources that your successor may need to take over your job responsibilities.
They will really appreciate this and it can also help avoid them reaching out to you after your departure for questions. (Although that is not guaranteed.)
Say thank you
This is optional but highly recommended. Handwritten thank you notes to key players, supervisors, department managers, etc. At the very least, send out a mass email to the whole company announcing your departure and appreciation for the experience. Providing your personal info and permission to contact you in the future is optional.
Dear Company XYZ Family,
As some of you may know, today is my last day as an employee here at Company XYZ, as I will be moving on to another opportunity. I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you to everyone. My experience here for the past X years has been nothing short of amazing and it is one I will never forget. I am so thankful to have had the chance to meet and work with so many of you and I wish you all the best.
If anyone would like to stay in touch, feel free to reach me at my personal email address: firstname.lastname@example.org or connect with me on LinkedIn:
Most companies will initiate this and HR should reach out to set this up, be sure to be honest but remain professional. You absolutely do not want to leave on bad terms but the honest feedback could really help the company make adjustments that will help them out. This may be a verbal conversation or a document with questions for you to fill out.
In addition to the formal exit interview through HR, your immediate supervisor and the next few levels up will most likely want to hear from you too and will run their own impromptu exit interview trying to find out why you are leaving so be prepared for that. Same concept, be honest but remain professional.
Get Everything in Writing
Before you leave, be sure to confirm with HR that you have completed all paperwork needed for your departure and also confirm how, when, and how much your last paycheck with come through. If you have unused accrued vacation time, make sure you have it in writing somewhere that you will be getting payment for that incase any unlawful circumstances arise.
Everyone chooses to do this differently, but you worked your booty off while you were there and now you earned yourself a brand new gig moving on up to the next level, so you better celebrate that ish.
Some people choose to do an after work happy hour and invite all your coworkers… if you are into that sort of thing. But if you are like me, maybe you want to plan a nice lunch out on your last day with your office buds.
Or skip the co-worker route all together and just celebrate outside of work with your real life friends. As long as you celebrate in some form.