Posted on 16/05/2022 by Caitlin Ielasi
Do you want to change jobs but aren't sure if you should tell your boss?
Be cautious when it comes to communicating your career changes to your employer.
Consider your current working relationship first and foremost. Have they made you feel at ease and supported in your career? Do you have an open, honest and communicative relationship with them?
Some people believe that informing their boss is the right thing to do, while others believe that being transparent is the absolute last thing they should do. It all boils down to your relationship with your boss and the company, we believe.
Informing your boss
You're more likely to leave on good terms if you're open and transparent with your boss.
They might even wish you luck and provide a recommendation or a counter-offer.
You give them plenty of notice to replace you and can give them a thorough handover.
Points to consider
If you have a strained relationship with your boss, speaking candidly may not be the best option.
Ask yourself, "What is my ultimate goal?" Is there anything, and if so, what, that would keep me at my current job?
Consider the possibility that your boss will learn about it through other means. Is this a small business? Is there anyone at any of the companies where I'll be applying that my boss knows?
Telling your boss you're looking for a new job may seem like a risky move, but it could be the key to landing a dream job—or making the most of the one you have.