The last two work weeks flew by. Oddly enough, the time it took for me to work out my notice were the fastest weeks ever! I felt like I had so much to do and not enough time to do it.
My friends and coworkers were baffled by the amount of work I set out to finish before leaving my job. I decided to finish writing yearly reviews for each of my 23 employees. I delivered 21 of them. (The two I wrote but did not have a chance to deliver were only with me the last month of the review period.) I couldn’t imagine just leaving my team and my manager with unfinished work.
Maybe I come from a different idea of management and leadership. To me a team is a unit. The team leader/manager is not just the leader of the team but also a member of the the same team. The relationship is symbiotic.
That being said, I felt it was important for me as a member of the team to give the others honest feedback to help them be successful in the coming year.
Plus, I loved the people I worked with. Throughout all the changes that occurred with lightning speed in the corporate climate, the “family” feeling has remained.
These are not the easiest of times. I have been a manager for a decade and during that time, many former employees have called requesting their jobs back. Those that left in good standing and worked their full notice returned. Those that did not, could not come back.
I don’t burn bridges. Jobs are like life. There are ups and downs. But who knows? Something may happen and I may need my job back. I may need references for a new opportunity. Leaving gracefully and with integrity means that if I need to knock on that door again; it won’t be locked and barred. I learned work ethic from my father. It isn’t about impressing your co-workers or manager for him. It is about doing what you know is right.