When big changes occur, it’s important to focus on the overall picture and remember to live in the present. Whether you are changing jobs, going back to school or leaving a volunteer position, here are five tips to help your transition effectively.
1. Stay present. It can be hard to remain in the moment when significant changes are happening. Plan and prepare for your transition on your own time while continuing to be present in your current role. Continue to produce high quality work even though the end may be in sight.
2. Communicate. The sooner you can prepare your office for your departure, the better. The ideal situation would be to give both your notice and a plan for the transition at the same time. Sometimes there may be tension or conflict with leaving an organization, but remember that you can only control your own actions. Be professional, reliable and up-front until the end.
3. Maintain relationships. You undoubtedly have formed relationships at your organization, and be sure to maintain them throughout your transition. You really never know when you’ll run into these people again! Offer to be a resource – perhaps even a reference - and be sure to get personal emails or connect on LinkedIn.
4. Practice self-care. Transition leads to stress which can sometimes feel overwhelming. Remember to practice self-care. Think about the signs you show when you are stressed- do you eat more or less? Sleep more or less? Feel sick or tired? Pay attention to these signs and maintain your routine while exercising, sleeping well, and eating healthy. This will help you get through the tough spots by controlling what you can control!
5. Provide continuity. Write down processes and key contacts that you can pass on to the person who takes over your work. Think back to when you first started your role - what information would have helped make your learning curve easier? If you have an opportunity to train your colleagues before you depart, make a point to offer this to your supervisor.
Change is good, and provides an opportunity to grow personally and professionally. Regardless of the reason for your transition, focus on the skills you’ve honed and experiences you’ve had in your current role. Show gratitude for those opportunities, and stay connected with those in your network.
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