A reader writes:
You answered a question for me before and I thank you! I got a new job and I cannot tell you how many times I used your blog as a reference. It really is fantastic. I am going to recommend it to everyone I know, not just those seeking jobs.
This is my last week in my current position; I gave notice a week and a half ago. I'm wondering...who has the responsibility of scheduling a meeting about status of projects, how to handle the transition, etc? Is it mine or my supervisor's? This has not occurred yet for me. There is lots of background in my relationship with this person, which is why I ask. I probably would have already done it if it weren't for other circumstances.
I would not use my supervisor for a future reference if that has a difference in your answer. I don't have a problem doing it, I am just asking where you think the burden really lies. I could do it just to be the better person, but then again, I'm leaving and it really is her problem if she doesn't know what's going on. She has proven to me that the company owes me nothing...and she deserves it for reasons that are another whole post.
A good manager would schedule this meeting with you herself; she also would have sat down with you when you first gave notice to go over your projects, how you should spend your remaining time, and what documentation you should leave behind.
But if your manager isn't doing that on her own, you should do it, no matter what your objections are to her. Here's why:
* It's the right thing to do. Your obligation is really to your employer, not to her personally, and doing your job well means doing this sort of wrap-up, even if your manager isn't handling it well. If you are someone who does a good job, this is as much a part of it as anything else.
* You may not care about a reference from this manager, but you never know where she'll pop up again in the future -- or who she might know who you might be applying for a job with someday. No matter what you think of her, do yourself the favor of leaving on as good terms as you can mange.
* Other people will notice. I can't tell you how many times I've raved about an employee for the way they left a position, or heard a new employee blessing her predecessor for an incredibly detailed job manual that was bequeathed to them. So many people mentally check out after giving notice that the ones who don't really make an impression on people. Do a good job in this last week and people will hear about it.
Do the right thing and then go on to your new job feeling good about what you've left behind. And congratulations!