What You Can Do If the Boss You Like is Quitting

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Often, we talk about the bosses we don’t like and the things we hate about them. When they resign (or get fired), our reaction is “Yippee!” But what about the bosses we do like? The ones who are great. They recognize, coach, and support us and our career development. Now they’re quitting!

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I saw an article over at The Muse titled, “The Smartest Steps to Take if You Think Your Boss Is Quitting”. It’s worth checking out. Keep in mind that your boss could be looking for a new opportunity for the same reasons you are – closer commute, more pay, better benefits, greater work/life balance, and the list goes on. Workers are quitting at the fastest pace in 16 years.

So, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that the wonderful terrific boss you have might come into work one day with their resignation letter. If that happens, here are four things to consider:

  1. Wish them well. While you’re bummed that they’re leaving, congratulate your boss on their new opportunity. The world is too small these days. Your paths could cross again at some point. You can always stay in touch via LinkedIn, if you’re not already connected.
  1. Don’t ask them to poach you for their new company. Your boss will have lots on their mind right now. They have to wrap up projects at their current job AND start getting ready for their new job. It would not be cool for them to have conversations with employees about quitting and applying at their new company.
  1. Decide if you’re qualified (and willing) to take on additional responsibilities. This conversation also takes some finesse. It’s possible that, as much as you liked your boss, their resignation opens up opportunities for you. Think about whether you’re ready to express your desire for a promotion. Or
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