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How to behave during the last days at work.

You already know that you are going to be dismissed. Chief’s decision is non-appealable.

Experts suggest nine tips on what should be done and what should never be done in this situation!

1.    Be stamped on ex-coworkers memory as a mensch. Saying good-bye to the work is the time to complete all the unfinished work you have. Bring a book to the colleague, which you took to read about two years ago for a couple of days and forgot to return. Your colleague probably forgot about it already, so he or she will be doubly pleased. Write down all the seasons of the series "House M.D." on DVD and give it to a neighbor, who has been waiting for these discs for a couple of months, but is too shy to remind. Give the ticket to a concert, you’ve got from a friend to a colleague, who is dreaming to go there.


2.    Turn over your duties thoroughly. This is the main term if you want to leave beautifully, so to speak. Finish the projects, prepare reports, consolidate customer data base. Leave a good memory behind you.


3.    Gain indulgence. Ask your boss if you can engage yourself in active job search during working hours. Try to make an agreement with him that you will be allowed to make calls and view ads of open positions and will be able to go for interviews. The manager is to “try to walk in your shoes” and not to disturb you in searching for a new job. Ask if it is possible to specify the name of the company you leave on your resume.


4.    Pick your words properly. In some companies, there still remains a tradition of a farewell interview with HR manager. If you are invited to such an interview, remember that the HR feels in this situation even worse than you. Perhaps it was he who had to choose candidates to lay off at the request of the chief, and now he feels uncomfortable. Tell him the words he wants to hear – for instance, good words about the company. Perhaps the company will begin to restore previously laid off staff, and your farewell words would turn in handy.


5.    Team up with fellows in misery. If your company lays off more than one person at a time, turn it into an advantage. Combine efforts: use the connections of each other to find a new job. Perhaps someone among your former colleagues will recommend you to a new working place. You may also suggest your colleagues to search for a job in groups. Many companies will seize the opportunity to get well-coordinated and professional team.


6.    Write a letter. Write a farewell letter and send it via an e-mail to colleagues and management. But this should not be written in style of an offended person. Write with all your heart; tell them that you are grateful to the company you have worked for the last year or five years; that you met here wonderful people.


7.    Prepare to the conversation with the chief. It is not obligatory for you to go to the chief’s room to say goodbye. Farewell letter is enough. But you'd better be prepared to talk in case the boss will ask you to come or you meet him or her on the farewell party. Use the conversation for your boss to remember you as a good employee who does not have a grudge.



8.    Make a party. To say goodbye is not an offence. If your company has a tradition of corporate parties, you can arrange a farewell gathering. But if your small entertainment can be taken as a challenge, or as the protest march, it is better to have it in a nearby cafe.


9.    Maintain contacts. When parting, distribute your calling cards to the colleagues. Come to the heads of the departments you wanted to work at, and say goodbye to them. Tell them that you are interested in these areas, and ask them to remember you when a job opens up. By all means, leave your phone number in the HR department – it may come in handy.