What do you tell your direct reports when you’re leaving the company? Backstory: New team - everyone has been hired within the last 3-9 months. I have a large team of direct reports, all of whom I have a great work relationship with. I know they respect me and will be nervous / sad to see me go. But my boss is incredibly difficult to work with, I don’t have faith in leadership and the culture, and my discipline isn’t respected. How would you handle it when you announce?

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At work, i would just leave it simple. “Ive found a new opportunity i cant pass up, but thank you for all the support youve given me and i wish you the best.” Or something. If you end up staying in touch with some and you meet up after youve left, follow your heart.

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Added: after a lot of thought, this is the best decision for me. But I can’t help but feel I’m leaving them behind in a crap situation. I’m not sure what to say to them, or HR for that matter.

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I literally just went through this with my team. I spoke to them either individually or in small groups, and explained that I’m leaving without getting into the details of why. And I reassured them that a transition plan is going to happen and who they will report into. If your boss is difficult and they know what the culture is like without you they will probably know this already and start making plans for their own exits, or at least mentally prepare for their new reality. There’s not much else you can do tbh. It sucks, I know.

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I agree with MD1 above. I would frame it in the context of having a better opportunity. You def don't want to talk bad about someone they will still be working under.

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Yup. If you feel strongly about “abandoning” them, find a way to subtly say that you’re happy to be a recommendation for them or similar without overtly saying “I’ll review your resume and send you postings”.

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Sorry to hear that but looks like you are making the best move for your career!

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Typed in too early, I would say to have an honest conversation with your team and to not be afraid of hearing them out in this process as they express their concerns. But also don't internalize them or feel guilty about making the best decision for yourself

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