May 24th, 2017

An entrepreneur  is described as ” Someone with the capacity and willingness to develop, organize and manage a business venture along with any of its risks in order to make a profit.”  I think we would all agree that  the most obvious example of entrepreneurship is the starting of new businesses.

It seems that in today’s economy, opting out of your normal 9:00 pm – 5:00 pm job to spread your entrepreneurial wings has become somewhat the norm.  In fact, entrepreneurship is currently leading the job market and new opportunities are opening rapidly. However,  making the decision to step away from a current job can be a challenging situation for employees.  It not only requires some degree of courage to leave the comfort of that current 9-5 but the decision also presents the challenge of how to do it gracefully.  Most employees take into consideration how best to maintain the loyalty, good will, friendships, and trust,  established over the years when deciding  to move on from one job to another or to pursue other opportunities. 

 So, before we say congratulations on your new position or the pursuit of an entrepreneurial endeavor, let’s discuss the proper protocol when resigning from a position?
At Protocol International, we have gathered a few tips to help your transition go smoothly:
  • -Give proper notice (for most companies, two weeks is the standard notice)

  • -Request an exit interview (use this opportunity to show gratitude for the position and all you’ve learned while with the company)

  • -Offer to train your replacement

  • -Be sure to let your managers know before anyone else

  • -Complete ALL work before your last day (leave a great impression)

  • -Be gracious in your exit

  • -Be positive throughout process

If you are contemplating a new endeavor, we hope these tips help in your transition.  If you would like more information on this and other proper protocol topics in and out of the workplace, contact Protocol International!
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