Is it Polite to Virtually Quit Your Job?

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It’s no question that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed workplace culture and how we communicate with each other. In-person meetings have transformed into Zoom calls, and messaging platforms like Slack have become the primary way colleagues communicate.

But when it comes to resigning from your job, some experts say that you should be careful. Danielle Abril from The Washington Post talked to experts on the best way to call it quits.

Make Time for In-Person Meeting or Video Chat 

When breaking the news, it’s best to do it face-to-face. Messaging a resignation can be considered unprofessional. Having a one-on-one conversation with your boss allows for open dialogue. Even though it’s a tough conversation to have, experts advise considering the long-term impacts.

You don’t want to burn bridges with your boss, especially if you are considering applying for a higher paying job within the same company later. If either of those options are a no-go, give your boss a phone call.

Focus on How Your Message is Received  

If you want to go the messaging route, consider how it is received. You want to end things on a positive note. A simple “I quit” is not going to cut it. Thanking your boss for his or her time and interest in your career is a great way to show appreciation.

Still Follow Regular Quitting Protocols 

Giving a two-week notice and sending a resignation letter after resigning are both effective ways to cover your bases.

No matter how you feel about your job, ensuring that you leave on good terms is beneficial for you and your future.

Read more about quitting courtesy in The Washington Post.


Indeed gives more advice on how to quit your job on good terms.


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