There may be “no wrong way to eat a Reese’s”, but there is a wrong way to leave your current position…regardless as to whether it’s full-time, travel, or even registry. In the age of social media and the excess of information available on the internet, we have all either heard first hand or seen horror stories of people leaving jobs in the worst of ways. Remember, the cath lab community is small and word travels fast because there are many common threads from one lab to another. Even if you harbor bad feelings to your current lab, leaving the ‘wrong way’ almost always comes back to haunt you when looking for future employment or if things change and you wish to return to your current facility.
Regardless of the situation, there is a proper way to go about moving on. Here are three things to consider when moving on to help you leave on good terms:
- Always try to give ample notice (2 weeks is usually acceptable, a month is better)
- Offer to transition and train any new staff that is coming in to fill your role
- Leave a GREAT last impression
The last bullet point is especially worth noting because it gets swept under the rug more often than it should. Working hard and leaving a good last impression will help to ensure that your manager, director, and the physicians will give you a good reference when that person is called to verify their experience working with you. At SpringBoard, we talk to cath lab professionals every day, and repeatedly stress not to flush years of hard work down the toilet because you are checked out and ready for the next step in your life. Don’t burn the bridge; leave a great last impression on your co-workers, managers, and doctors because that image will stick with them long after you have walked out the door.
If you are unsatisfied and would like to make a change, make sure you do it the right way. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or would like to explore this topic further.
Jon Robinson – Relationship Manager – SpringBoard Healthcare – 866.465.6286 – firstname.lastname@example.org