This is the right way to start your next job


Last summer, along with so many Americans, I faced career existentialism. I had an enviable job that I enjoyed for over 15 years, but I felt my luck running low. It didn’t help that the news cycle became obsessed with the Big Quit, as millions of people tried a new career, switched to a different company in their industry, or quit work altogether. So after some professional networking and hundreds of miles and hours of thinking in my running shoes, I decided to later switch to a creative agency.

Having not had a new job for such a long time, I was very concerned about leaving my current employer as best I could, while at the same time preparing emotionally to work in a new culture with new people and systems. But what followed blew me away and calmed my panic. My new company handled my transition so well that I saw it as an opportunity for employees and organizations around the world to seize this moment when millions of people are changing jobs.

Act like a martial artist to co-workers: be flexible and kick ass

We’ve all heard dramatic stories of people tearing down every bridge when they leave their jobs. And while that may be tempting, on the way out you realize that nowadays every place is skinny. Regardless of your tenure or seniority at a company, your exit will disrupt your department and potentially the entire organization. So be flexible when you cancel. Some places may show you the door before you’ve handed in your notice, while others will ask for several weeks to find your replacement. In my case, I discussed options with my former employer and we agreed that three months would be best. This may seem extreme but the point is they appreciated the flexibility and it did wonders in reducing my guilt.

Second, keep kicking butt up to the very last second of your employment. As the late Maya Angelou said, “I’ve learned that people forget what you said, people forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Regardless of your past at Your current employer, take the road and deliver the goods. After all, they pay you to do a job and once upon a time you signed up with them to do just that. Deliver with every email you send and every deadline you meet, and you can walk away without a shred of regret.

After all, you’re helping your current business win. It could be a groundbreaking pitch for a Fortune 500 company, or simply taking ownership of the 1,500 tasks you’ve been assigned before completing. Regardless, focus on helping them succeed. And if you’re feeling brave enough, ask her what else you can do before your last day. They will see you as a winner in return.

Make your new hires feel like celebrities to your employers

You don’t have to literally roll out the red carpet, but you can figuratively do it by being flexible. Giving employees control over when they start allows them to leave their current job in good standing and with a clear conscience, which benefits only you. It may have taken weeks, maybe months, to fill the position, but being open to a start date more than two weeks in the future is ideal. In addition to a three-month notice period, my new agency encouraged – practically insisted – that I take some time off before I started. Although I was eager and willing to get started, I took two weeks off and it was just what I needed.

Next, show them love before they start. This can take the form of nicely written emails from the manager, co-workers, or even the CEO. A real handwritten note delivered in the mail means even more. And if you really want to make a statement, send a care package with treats or company swag. It was the same for me when I was surprised with a selection of cheeses, unusual crackers and a bottle of sparkling wine. I mean, who wouldn’t feel special afterwards? But even sending a branded coffee cup shows your new employee that he is part of the team.

Finally, help your new hire thrive in their first few weeks by making onboarding conscious and smooth. Over the years, I’ve heard horror stories about people who showed up to work excited on their first day, only to be utterly let down. Actually that happened to me. I moved across the country ages ago to get a new job and my boss wasn’t even there the first day. Not even an email greeting me. That was fun. Instead, design their IT logistics, meet-and-greets, and orientation in a way that is digestible and meaningful to them. Think like a new employee instead of just booking everything where it fits. When I started my new job, everything felt employee-centric and that made a big difference in helping me get down to earth.

Keep in mind that the world of work has changed dramatically in the last two years with so many people starting new jobs. Being able to do this right has never been more important, whether you are an employee or an employer.

mike Caguin is that cAssisted Creative Officer periscope. This is the right way to start your next job


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