Project Management Institute

Graceful Exit

When Project Professionals Change Jobs, the Difference between a Burned Bridge and a Smooth Departure Is Often in the Details

Low unemployment in certain markets and global C-suite concerns over skills availability are making job-hopping more common. Voluntary turnover jumped to 15.5 percent of all workplace departures last year, according to a global Mercer study, up from 14 percent in 2017. Yet an uptick in turnover doesn't mean that project managers can be cavalier about changing roles. Instead, project professionals should be mindful to manage the transition like a project, with similar considerations around stakeholder relationships, timing and planning.
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