I Need to Formulate an Exit Strategy From My Job. What Should I Do?

Jobs are like relationships: sometimes the amount of effort you put in is too much for what you're getting back. We're constantly told to "hold on to what you've got" in uncertain times, but what do you do when you're absolutely sure you need to get out? What is your exit strategy? You may have recently been diagnosed with an illness and feel you need to leave your position. It's important to approach your exit strategy with care. You can't let the world know you're unhappy and looking for other options, but you need help to make sure you are set up for success in your future endeavours. Here's how to formulate an appropriate exit strategy from your job!

Exit Strategies:

Keep Working

First and foremost, if you haven't given your current employer the news that you'll be leaving, carry on like normal. Make notes to yourself about how you would transition your work if you had to (because you might have to soon) but keep working like you're not looking for other options. This will ensure the day to day is easier when you do have to leave. Don't tip your hand by slacking on the job.

Familiarize Yourself With the Leave Policy

Most employers will reimburse you for vacation you haven't taken up to a certain amount. Now's the time--before your employer knows that you're planning an exit-to make sure you're familiar with that policy and how much leave you have. If you have more leave than you'll be paid out for, you may want to take a couple of days off before the deal is done. If you're in the red, you may want to prolong your departure so any negative leave balance you have isn't deducted from your last check. Either way, you want to look into this before you hand in your two weeks, not afterwards.

Get Your Finances in Order

On a more personal level, make sure your finances are in order before you head out from one job and into another. If you're taking some time off between jobs, or planning to focus on your health, now's the time to make sure your emergency fund is well stocked, or that your pension or retirement funds are allocated properly. If you are applying for disability, or have been denied your disability claim, contact Share Lawyers. We are experienced in the field and can help you ensure that your funds will kick in as soon as possible after you leave your job!

Pack Up (Slowly)

Slowly but surely, start taking your personal items home from your office. Making your office space more comfortable is a great way to make a job more bearable, but when it comes time to go, the last thing you'll want to do on your last day is carry boxes upon boxes of items from your desk to your car, or on the subway home. Start now and take home some of the items that are most important to you: your favourite mug, personal photos- any of the things that you would be unhappy to lose if you were shuffled out the door the same day you give notice.

Make a Clean Break

When it's time to go, make it quick and make it clean. Make sure to give your employer the proper amount of notice and stick to it! Transition your work completely and cleanly, and give your current employer and coworkers no reason to reach out to you after you've departed whatsoever unless it's for personal reasons. You are unlikely to want to have colleagues calling you after you have left to ask how to do your old job. If you have a disability, do you need advice on how to move forward with your exit strategy? Has your disability claim been denied? Contact Share Lawyers and put our experience to work for you. We offer free consultations and there are no fees unless we win your case. Find out if you have a disability case.We have recently settled cases against Canada Life, Chartis, Blue Cross, National Bank Insurance, ACE Group, and many more.

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