21 Things to do when quitting work

RSA SecurID token displaying OFFThis is the list I used when I finished up at my last job. Writing in blue shows what I did/what actually happened when I tried to complete the task. Might be handy for others.

  1. Performance appraisal feedback.  Finish writing feedback for staff who have asked for it.
  2. Print out list of training courses I’ve been on.
  3. Business cards with my new contact details, to hand out to people.
    I used ClickBusinessCards.com.  See this blog post for the why.
  4. Remove all of my property from the workplace.
    Was surprised that no-one asked about my 19″ LCD monitor I had on my desk, which went into the car boot.
  5. Clear clothes locker.
    No, didn’t find any spare charge.
  6. Have security clearances revoked.
    This can take time, so it’s better to start the process early.
    Comment from supervisor: “They were all canceled when we lost the contract”  No they weren’t.
  7. Delete Telephone Teleconference access.
    The company didn’t have a process for this. “”Never had anyone want to do that before.”
  8. Delete Telephone Calling Card.
    same as item 7.
  9. Hard reset of PDA to clear all work-related data.
    And the subsequent re-add of friend’s details took quite a while 🙁
  10. Cancel cell/mobile phones
    The cancellation didn’t go though until the following Tuesday.
  11. Cancel VPN token (Racal SecurID).
  12. Advise support groups that I am leaving and that accounts/passwords need to be revoked.
    “Ummm, why do you need your XYZ account disabled?”  Good security practice for a start.
  13. Send final email to co-workers, saying goodbye.
    Could have done a better job of this 🙁
    A UK based employee wrote this biting email.
  14. Secure format/wipe hard disk, and replace with original disk.  Repeat process.
    Darik’s Nuke and Boot worked well, but it takes hours.
    I had my own hard disk in the laptop as I wanted more space.
  15. Remove password from laptop.
    Laptop had a hard disk and bios boot password.
  16. Clear down Diners Card and return
    I had a credit balance on my Diner’s, which I’m still waiting for Diner’s to refund.
    Diner’s never did refund the money.
  17. Submit any outstanding expense reports.
  18. Claim any outstanding allowances.
    Should have done this, but didn’t 🙁
  19. Return customer security passes and keys.
  20. Advise facilities to revoke all buildings access.
  21. Return staff id and building keys.
    I miss some of the people, but not the employer.
    “Don’t go along to get along; do your best and when you have to, and you will; leave and be something else.”

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