How to Quit Your Job Gracefully

Katie Sweeney

For the first five months of 2015, I constantly fantasized about quitting my job. A few of my daydreams involved me walking out on a whim, but the majority of the reveries involved a life where I wasn’t chained to my inbox and where I didn’t have to constantly deal with stuff I wasn’t passionate about. However, I didn’t have the guts to quit. Then one day at the end of May, something in me switched: I was done. I could no longer endure the frantic late-night phone calls and panic-inducing early morning emails. The commute was sucking the life out of me. I wasn’t exercising, sleeping, or eating right. I realized that my job was seriously affecting my well-being, and the time had come for me to make a big change. I thought that deciding to quit my job was the hardest part of the process, but I came to realize that it was only the tip of the iceberg. Once you’ve made the decision, you’ve got to tell your family members, friends, and, most importantly, your boss. How can you do this gracefully, without burning any bridges? Read on for my tips.

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