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How to Announce a New Job to Co-Workers

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Telling co-workers you are moving on to another job may bring about bittersweet feelings. It is important to balance appropriate communication with good strategy in the timing and nature of your delivery. A successful announcement improves your chances of maintaining a strong network of friends and professional contacts.

Timing and Methods

Planning the timing and method for delivery are keys to an effective announcement. Because of the possibility that word will travel too quickly, avoid the temptation to divulge your impending move via social media. Instead, choose an appropriate setting when your co-workers are gathered and you are ready for the news to break. Typical professional courtesy is to give two weeks' notice or more when leaving a job. Therefore, it makes sense to let co-workers know shortly after you share the news with your boss.

Telling co-workers you are moving on to another job may bring about bittersweet feelings. It is important to balance appropriate communication with good strategy in the timing and nature of your delivery. A successful announcement improves your chances of maintaining a strong network of friends and professional contacts.

Tactical Considerations

When you announce your departure, it is good form to acknowledge your boss and co-workers. When appropriate, thank them for their support of your role in the company. Don't take advantage of your "lame duck" status to bad mouth co-workers or give little effort. These tactics burn bridges, destroying your chances of references in the future. If disgruntled co-workers do criticize you or try to inspire guilt, stay poised and focused on your responsibilities.

About the Author

Neil Kokemuller has been an active business, finance and education writer and content media website developer since 2007. He has been a college marketing professor since 2004. Kokemuller has additional professional experience in marketing, retail and small business. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Iowa State University.

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