Always Back Up Your Data Before Leaving a Job

Always Back Up Your Data Before Leaving a Job

Before you turn in that resignation letter to your boss, it’s important to take care of some data management first. In the video above, I go over the steps you should take to back up your data and erase any personal information from work devices.

Back up work files

You don't know how quickly the IT department may revoke access to your computer, so it's important to copy any work files to an external hard drive or cloud service. Just make your that any files you take are your work, and don't contain any confidential information. You don't want to find yourself on the other end of a lawsuit because you're accused of stealing confidential company IP.

Save your emails, contacts, and browser information

If your company uses G Suite, Google makes it simple to compile and download all of your data. However, if your company doesn't use G Suite, I recommend this comprehensive guide to downloading and saving data like emails and contacts.

Erase any personal information

Once your data is safely backed up, it's time to start cleaning out your work devices. Go through your work computer or work phone and log out of any personal accounts, delete non-work related files, and uninstall extra apps. Be careful to only delete your personal information and don't completely erase the device.