Here´s a pet peeve of mine. I start a new job, get into my new office, look around, and check out the desk and file cabinets. And there´s junk everywhere! Unused ketchup packets in the top right-hand drawer, tons of stuff filling the In Box, and what looks like a open bag of roasted peanuts in the top drawer commingling with 85 half used pens, 23 bitten on pencils, and 13 opened bottles of dried up White Out. How many of you have started a new job and had this same experience? How many of you have left offices in this shape? Come on, be honest! Please don´t do this to the next person. Leave your workspace in great condition — better than when you got it. I bet some people never bother to clean out the peanuts and end up passing them on to manager after manager after manager like a Christmas Fruitcake.
Show the organization how to leave with style and grace — leave your department and office in better shape than you received it.
Show pride in the work you have done and help pave the way for the next person´s success. Even if you are leaving because you can´t stand the job any longer — take the high road.
My example only went so far as to describe the desk (but it´s an excellent visual, no?). You need to do the same with projects, initiatives, personnel challenges, and uncompleted tasks. Leave them all in better shape than when you took over the job. I once took over a job and the woman before me did not even take the time to delete her personal emails. Her emails were transferred to me so that I would have the vendor contacts, but I also got lots of creepy messages about her dates and shopping habits — yuck! That´s just plain lazy, and these days dangerous because you never know what´s going to end up on some blog or written in a management book as a "don´t do this," example.
Take the last two weeks to clean things up in general and have fun going out with a glorious bang.
Here’s a fun idea. Pretend you are leaving and clean out the peanuts today – it will feel like you started a new job. 🙂
Oh, one more thing. My husband says ketchup in a packet is good forever, but I don’t think so. He also thinks it’s OK to eat warm yogurt because it is pasteurized. Toss the ketchup packets.