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.

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A note from our long term disability lawyers

Taking a medical leave from work is not an easy decision to make. Concerns about providing for yourself and your family and keeping your job may cause you to want to push through your pain, but this won’t make your problems go away. Stopping work is often the smartest decision for your long term health and well-being, and your disability benefits are there to provide you with financial support until you can return to work.

If you have made the tough decision to stop working and apply for your short term disability or long term disability benefits, you may feel overwhelmed by the process and have questions that your employer and your insurance company are not able or willing to answer. Share is There to see you through and answer your questions.

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We understand that things have not been easy for you over the last little while. Your health has been suffering, you are unable to work, and now your insurance company, who was supposed to be there in your time of need, has decided they will not pay your disability benefits or respect your disability claim. These benefits exist to provide you with the financial support you need so that you can focus on your health and rebuilding your life. It is unfortunate that your insurance company has not lived up to its promise. If your disability claim has been denied, we will fight to get you the benefits you are entitled to. Our disability lawyers have helped thousands of Canadians get their long term disability benefits over the past 35 years, and we can help you too.

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If you are unable to work, your disability benefits should be there to provide you with the financial support you need. While your insurance company may be focused on finding ways to avoid paying your claim, our focus is on what is in your best interest. When Share Lawyers gets involved, you have an entire team of lawyers that are there to support you and to fight for what is yours.

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