I read once that career development professionals report some of the highest levels of job satisfaction. But when you’re a career development professional, in a small office, you’re in danger of burnout from all the invisible work you’ll need to do to do the work that is expected of you. Our office has been constantly tackling the creep of ‘invisible work’, and I thought I’d talk about it.
Last time, I covered the #1 hurdle that can trip you up while going out the door: Your boss. Now let’s talk about the next two on the list: 2) You, and your expectations about ‘leaving well’, and 3) your (unhappy) colleagues.
Resigning from your job? 5 things that can trip you up as you’re going out the door. Hurdle #1: your boss
It’s important to realize that from the moment you say you’re resigning, you’ve entered a continual negotiation phase, where you’re negotiating with your boss, your colleagues and your clients for the limited amount of time you have left. At a time when employees think they’re winding down, things actually get more intense. Here’s how I’ve seen people manage it well.
One of the most valuable professional skills to develop is the ability to help a coworker solve their own problem. Knowing how to support others on your team without compromising your own well being is practically an art. The next time a colleague sits down and starts recounting their latest problem, respond skillfully. Here’s what I’ve seen work.