Retirement: Shaking in my Boots!
I have had big plans to tell my boss that I am retiring in June. I was actually advised to tell him while I am on holidays for 5 weeks meaning that he wouldn't even know until I was on holidays that I am not coming back.
I am feeling that this is not the best way to go because I would much rather help with a succession plan and leave in a more mutually planned way with his involvement for the last month of my employment. We have worked together for over 25 years. I have loved my work and enjoyed it and gave 150% of myself to it.
There was one rotten experience, however, that just happened over the last few months. This rotten experience made me want to carry out the plan above (informing of my retirement during my holidays) and yet now only a few weeks since that experience was over and I received a good appraisal and raise, I am feeling that my plan is not very professional. I am just having trouble getting up the courage to go tell him that I do want to retire and do want to help with succession plan!!
I need to "let go" and I suppose that is what is hard. I can see that I am the older one now and that there is a whole group of younger ones and that I need to move on and let them do this work.
Then I focus on my reasons for retiring: my husband has been retired for 10 years and waiting for me so we can do things together. That is my biggest reason for sure.
I turned 60 now and who knows how long I have. My health is excellent, but still time is marching on.... Life is more than a career that started in 1973. I want to experience other things than what I have been doing (middle management) for 25 years.
So is there anyone out there that can give me some advice please? thank you!
Wendy: I also started in 73, and retired in 2010, at age 55. I had always assumed I'd give a months notice, instead, last minute, I gave a normal two weeks notice.
Oddly enough, NEVER ONCE did my bosses ask me to train anyone or even answer questions on where documents were located! Grin! I would easily have stayed to train someone, but my local government employer always hired months AFTER someone was gone... so I never offered. I had guessed that they would want some direction, or ask me to train staff in some manner... apparently not as they never said a word.
Today, the job is gone...totally different. It's a Human Resources Department that really doesn't "serve" people any more. The weirdest thing I've ever seen, I don't get it, but life goes on...
What I'm trying to say - they may have totally different plans than what you expect... happened to me.
Retire for YOU. Don't be mean about it, just give your notice and work your last days.
One method that might help you if you are having a hard time telling him: write a resignation letter, walk in, hand it to him...