Don't Burn That Bridge When You Change Jobs - page 2

The high-demand for nurses has resulted in plenty of opportunities if you're ready to pack up your stethoscope and favorite pen for a new nursing job. Maybe you've been looking for a while, or... Read More

  1. by   caliotter3
    Quote from sallyrnrrt
    I always attempt to not burn a bridge,
    As I have had to crawl back over a few.
    Often I can't even find the bridge again.
  2. by   simplyebere
    If there was a love button too, I'd love this post. This is one of my professional strength. I always build bridges when leaving an establishment. And I can't start saying how that has helped me so far. In fact, two days ago, I was referring someone to an employer and pleading with them to endeavor to maintain their integrity and not suddenly break away from jobs for my sake. Haha.😁

    I derive a sense of satisfaction when I resign by giving the required notice no matter how bad I am being treated.

    Sometimes, my friends scold me for allowing the bad employers torture me when I give them my resignation notice. However I believe in tomorrow and that time will pass before you know it and they will eventually miss you and the value you add.

    I am so sharing this. Thank you
  3. by   Maureen Bonatch MSN
    Thank you!
  4. by   KelRN215
    I outright told the job I left last month in my resignation letter that the reason I was leaving was because of the benefits. Employees had been complaining about the terrible health insurance (the best option had a $2000 deductible and 75% coinsurance until you hit a 25% out-of-pocket max) and PTO policy (use it or lose it) since they made these changes every year on the employee survey and nothing was done. No one listens until valued employees make their exit stage left and the bottom line is affected. My new job has a higher salary by $4000/year and is also going to save me thousands of dollars per year in medical costs. My MRI this year should cost me $0 when last year it cost over $2100. I'm completely unconcerned if this bridge was burned since I had excellent relationships with my colleagues, who I can use as references in the future, and some past manager/supervisors who left before I did. And I will never work for a for-profit company again. Actually in just under 3 years at this company, I had 4 direct supervisors and the one who was my supervisor the longest was terminated shortly before I resigned. I have no doubt that he would give me an excellent reference if I asked. Plus HR at this company seems to be completely incompetent so I doubt anyone would even know how to mark me ineligible for rehire if they wanted to- I left the job almost a month ago and they still paid me my salary last week! Can't get anyone who knows what they're talking about to answer my emails about it either.
  5. by   MochaRN424
    Thank you for this article I think for me this is very timely and was meant for me to see. I am in a position where I am not happy and I am looking for the next open door. Yes I may not be where I want to be but my attitude and how I handle things in this position will determine whether that next open door will be made available to me. It reminds me to stay humble and yes exit gracefully!
  6. by   Jyoti dutta
    Nice post.
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I **NEVER** bad mouth any place I have worked. It's a small world and the person you made angry may one day, be your boss or the one interviewing you for hire. Also no one wants to hear it; it sounds petty and unprofessional.
  8. by   Been there,done that
    Excellent advice. I have been there, did that, and burned a good bridge.

    Always give 2 weeks notice, blame it on you and not them, and bow out gracefully.
  9. by   One4All
    This is good article to reinforce what it is to be a professional when transitioning to a new position. Unfortunately, with some bosses, your attempt to end respectfully and with grace are not always accepted kindly or reciprocated with the same professional dignity in which you left. Sometimes you do not know this until the positive reference you were promised ended up not being so positive, and it contributed to a lengthy time of unemployment.

    The challenge of an unhealthy work culture is why you left, but you don't usually expect the toxicity of covert sabotage to follow you when you are trying to move in a positive direction. Unfortunately, emailed confidential references make it possible for negative references to be given in anonimity and you never know who or what was said negatively against you so you can address it with the prospective employer or change up your reference list for next time.

    After many unsuccessful applications and interviews for jobs well matched to my qualifications, I found it necessary to change up my references and my approach. Though rarely done anymore, I personally contacted professional people I trusted to request a physical letter of recommendation. Some employers may still require the online confidential references, but if they are not willing to accept your professional letters of reference, then maybe they are not the right employer for you.
  10. by   Knotanoonurse
    I agree for the most part BUT what about something like sexual innuendo/harrassment? My daughter who was in her early 20's had a male coworker who was late 40's/early 50's who liked to share his sexual activity "preferences." The man picked up a lot of extra shifts. Several young staff di complain to the manager. The response? "He has a crazy sense of humor!" They did not want to report her to her leaders BUT it did influence people to leave. I know my daughter told a couple of people not to work there. Can you blame her? I spewed on an exit interview and I am sorry BUT sometimes things do need to come out!
  11. by   traumaRUs
    Great advice.
  12. by   mso819
    This was a great post!

    Because of how i was treated at 2 facilities i worked at many many years ago, i burned, scorched and made it permanently inaccessible for me to reach the facilities on either end of each of those bridges. I never want to ever have to walk across them again in life, and i haven't!