If you’re one of the many people who’ve decided to quit your job recently, it’s important that you handle it gracefully. As soon as you’ve made the decision, set up a time to tell your manager. You may have already talked it over with some close colleagues, but you don’t want your boss to find out that you’re leaving before you have a chance to explain your reasoning.
Even if you don’t have the best relationship, keep in mind that they are likely to be contacted as a reference by future employers, so you want to leave on good terms. Don’t put off the conversation. It’s better to share the news sooner rather than later. You can cut to the chase by saying something like: “After a lot of consideration, I’ve decided it’s time for me to move on to the next chapter of my career. My goal for this conversation is to discuss how to make the transition as smooth as possible for us both.”
If you can be honest and straightforward about why you’re leaving, do so. But if your boss is a big part of why you quit, you don’t have to say anything. Frame your reasoning around your career goals instead: a different kind of role, a new industry, or even just that you feel the need to shake things up.
This tip is adapted from “How to Quit Your Job: An HBR Guide,” by Amy Gallo