Why You Might Want To Tell Your Boss You’re Thinking About Quitting

Why You Might Want To Tell Your Boss You’re Thinking About Quitting

Most people turn in their four weeks’ notice without a warning for fear of being fired. But if you and you have a fair boss and fixable problems, meeting with your boss before quitting could work out in your favour.

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R & D and Stuff recommends telling your boss you’re thinking about quitting, because the problems can probably be fixed before it comes to that. There are a lot of things in your manager’s control, and a lot of things a manager might do to get you to stay:

  • Your boss will take you for a 1-on-1 talk, to try and understand what is bothering you that makes you want to leave.
  • He (or she) will try to change things to make you happy. It might be a salary raise, change the tasks you work on, move to a different team or even change your role/title.
  • If you are determined that it’s time to move on, he will offer to give you a recommendation and perhaps help you find a job.
  • You’ll be able to freely look for a job, which is very important especially because your network can now be fully exploited.

We admit this could end badly if presented to the wrong boss. You should know your boss pretty well, be on good terms, and note whether or not they tend to be fair. If you’re worried, have your notice written and ready to hand in should the conversation go badly (and have a plan on where you’ll go next).

Thinking about quitting your job? Go tell your boss! [R & D and Stuff]


  • I’m not sure what industry this is supposed to apply to, but this doesn’t make sense to me. This kind of conversations requires you that you REALLY get along with your boss, but if thats the case, why is your communication so poor? I don’t think the scenario exists where this advice can be applied.

    You should be talking to your boss before it gets this far to make sure you’re on the same page. You shouldn’t even be considering quitting at this point. The first 2 points apply well here, but the context is not “I want to quit”, but “I want better conditions”.

    If it is too late thats where points 3/4 come in and you’re looking to make a graceful exit.

    But yeah, if this advice applies to you you’re basically a bad employee.

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