How important is it for me to leave my job on good terms?

Leaving your job on the best terms possible is vital. Unless you intend to change careers completely and move to the other side of the world, you won’t do your future prospects any favours by burning your bridges!

You will want as good a reference as possible from your manager. And you never know when you will bump into ex-colleagues at networking events or need to call in professional favours at a future date. Keep work relationships as cordial as possible.

Even if your job has become truly unbearable, it is important to resist venting your frustration openly – just grit your teeth and try to remain as civil and helpful as possible as you work out your notice, however difficult it may seem.

Many people find that just making the decision to leave immediately releases some of the pressure they’ve been feeling and makes their position much easier, allowing them to begin formulating some kind of plan for the future. The aspects of your job that are getting you down are often a lot easier to live with when you know they’re not going to last much longer. Above all, don’t waste your energies lashing out at the people or things that are making your job impossible. Instead, try to focus on a positive plan for your next step. 

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.