Finishing your job well

After a successful interview, I’m leaving my current role this week. Working my notice period has been surprisingly hard.

I’ve been asking people to pray that I’d ‘finish well.’ But to be honest, I didn’t really know what that meant.

Finishing a job feels like running a difficult race. You see the finish line – your end date. And while emotionally you want to stop, you have to keep pressing on.

Here are a couple of ways that I’ve learnt to do that over my notice period.   

Honour your boss

Frustrated that you’re leaving, it’s common for bosses to take the move personally. It may be that he or she begins to ignore you. They might even be rude or passive aggressive.

However your boss responds, you’re still their employee. If God calls us to love our enemies (Matthew 5:44), how much more our annoyed bosses (Ephesians 5:5-6)?

So press on towards the finish line.

Honour them by not moaning about them behind their back. Relate to them as you would if you were staying. Still offer them a cuppa. Ask them how their family is. Pray for them.

Work hard

For some, finishing a job means getting lots done before a coming deadline. For others, we might not have much to do.

Either way God still wants us to work hard. So keep running.

Whatever you have left to do, do it well. Put your best into it. Do it to the best standard – an even better standard if you can.

‘Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honour.’ Romans 12:10

Paul’s talking to a church. But the same applies at work. We’ll be tempted to slow down. But because we’re working for the Lord, we should go above and beyond in showing honour.

To our boss, to our team and to our employer.