End on a positive, cheerful note
iStock/gradyreese Last impressions are just as important as first ones. Whether you’re being fired, getting laid off, or resigning, keeping an upbeat attitude throughout your last day of work is key. Refrain from saying anything disparaging or derogatory about the company, your bosses, or your co-workers; negativity will only hurt potentially important relationships and make you seem bitter. “There is such a thing as corporate karma,” says Lynn Taylor, workplace expert and author of Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior & Thrive in Your Job. “You want to be remembered as someone who made positive contributions to the company, was out for the larger good of the firm, and was upbeat and a strong team player.” Learn how to recognize the 14 secret signs you might be getting fired.
Say personal goodbyes to coworkers
iStock/Robert-Daly If you’ve already built a good relationship with your coworkers, this step should be easy. A personal farewell to everyone you’ve worked with will ensure that your relationships end on a good note—even if they don’t last beyond the office. Even better, pay a compliment to everyone regarding how nice it was to work with them. “If you want to elaborate, be very positive, almost gushy,” says Dana Manciagli, career expert and author of Cut the Crap, Get a Job. “Be excited about your next step and turn the conversation to them by thanking them for being such a good coworker.”