Aside from the job interview, the second most stressful day at the office tends to be the day you announce you’re leaving. Will you be shown the door instantly, or cajoled to stay? Will you be able to resist reeling off a list of criticisms about co-workers and company policies?
“The central tenet of resigning from a job is: Don’t burn bridges,” says Andrew Atkins, a former human resources executive at Fidelity Investments and Bank of America who now works at the Boston consulting firm Interaction Associates. “You want to be as professional on your way out as you were on your way in.”