No matter the reason, a last day of work is special. Did you get fired? Did you quit? Are you retiring? Who cares! Your last day of work should be something memorable to close the chapter exactly the way you want to. You only get one last day of work, after all – you should make it count.
Here’s a list of things you should do on your last day of work. Not necessarily in order. And maybe not all of them. Just pick a few and see how it goes.
Save Your Contacts
Seriously, connections is what life is all about.
Have A Lunch With Your Favorite Colleagues
Not all of them – just the ones you want to keep in touch with.
Finish Up On Tasks
Don’t leave whoever’s coming after you with your mess. Fix whatever needs fixing before you leave so the transition can go as smoothly as possible.
Have A Final Conversation With Your Boss
Whether it’s a good or bad conversation, remember to be constructive. If you think he’s a horrible boss, tell him why. But be sure that your boss genuinely knows all the reasons why you’re leaving. It’s as important to him as it is to you.
Wipe Your Computer
We all do things on our work computers we’re not proud of. It’s a privacy thing, just wipe the entire drive.
Send A Farewell Email
Nothing really says “goodbye” like a short piece of written text. Also, this helps people that don’t actively work with you know that you’re leaving permanently. It avoids awkwardness.
Clean Your Desk
Whether it’s private or professional, everything on your desk needs to be put in its proper place before you leave at the end of the day.
End On A Positive Note
This is probably the most important one: you want to be able to maintain the connections you’ve built over the last period.