If you think about your career, it is not just one job or one role,…
John Borrowman, CPC
Borrowman Baker, LLC
Just as you are about to accept an offer of a new position, your practice gets a big inflow of work. Your inclination is to delay your departure so you don’t “leave them in the lurch.” Understandable. But, bad idea nonetheless.
Your heart is in the right place. That is the kind of person you are. Chances are that your new employer detected that about you during your interviews. This is a time, however, when your head should rule your heart. Why?
Your new employer wants you now. They have invested time and effort in getting to the point of making an offer. If they wanted someone else, they would not have made an offer to you. A request to delay your start date could cost you the offer.
There will always be something. You may think that if only you could stay around a couple more weeks, you would feel better about leaving. But, what happens if even more work comes in the door during that time? Will you stay even longer?
Control your own career. By deciding to stay an extra few weeks, you give power over your career to your employer. You should always be in charge.
You are standing at the edge of a new and exciting phase in your career. You have made a careful decision to leave where you are. When the time comes to say good-bye, do it without apology. Do everything you can to transition your work so that clients are taken care of. You will be missed, true. But the work will get done.