Management Tip of the Day: Things to take when you leave

Fri Jan 7, 2011 6:07pm EST
 
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BOSTON (Reuters) - It's always in your best interest to leave on good terms when you end a job, despite the temptation to tell everyone what you really think of them, according to Harvard Business Review.

The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and HBR.org (www.hbr.org). Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"It can be tempting when you leave a job to tell everyone exactly what you think of them and walk away without looking back. However, it's always in your best interest to leave on good terms.

Next time you are on your way out the door, voluntarily or not, think about taking the following three things with you:

1. Relationships. Say thank you to anyone who treated you well or had a hand in helping you get ahead. Offer to keep in touch. You never know when those people may be able to help you.

2. Samples of your work. Chances are you've produced work that could be useful when you are looking for your next job. Avoid strategic documents or trade secrets, of course.

3. A smile file. This file should include emails from bosses or peers complimenting your work, thank you notes from customers, and any glowing reviews."

-Today's management tip was adapted from ""Leave Your Job the Classy Way" by Priscilla Claman."

 
<p>A man walks out of the Lehman Brothers building carrying a box in New York September 15, 2008. REUTERS/Joshua Lott</p>