How should I break the news that I'm leaving?

Once you have made the decision to resign, the manner of your exit is important, because you never know when you will need to call upon your former colleagues.

Resign gracefully. Arrange a face-to-face meeting to hand your resignation letter over personally. Your boss will appreciate the courtesy (even if they’re not exactly overjoyed with your decision).

Be helpful. Your replacement and colleagues will probably need appropriate training and handover notes from you. Make sure you make it as easy as possible for them to manage after you’ve gone. Showing willing will win you friends (and may help you negotiate a shorter notice period).

Give colleagues your contact details so you can stay in touch – you never know when or if you may need them in the future.

Resist the temptation to brag about your new job, particularly if morale is poor at work. This will probably make some co-workers feel bad and could even give them cause to resent you.

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.