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Hi all,

Can someone help me find MT guidance on the protocol of notifying your manager that you would like to look for other jobs, both inside and outside the company?

I hold a leadership position, and would provide ample opportunity for conversations, and would not want to leave the team or company in a bad position.

I assume there is some MT process for this! 

I also welcome any of your thoughts on the issue. I have regular 1-1 with my manager, but we do not often talk about professional development. I am not looking to leave because of my role, rather, i am not appreciating the changes occuring in my org.

Thanks all.

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You're not asking your manager for permission.  Just start searching.  Unless you have a convincing reason (pension?) for wanting to stay at your current company, knowing that you are looking for a job elsewhere means your manager is going to start moving beyond you.  Don't let him beat you to the punch.

The M-T guidance that sticks in my head is from the podcast "Changing Roles - Confidentially", but as the title indicates it's not going to address your question.

For reference - One of my team leads told me just this week that he's applying to another division in my company.  He's already been looking, already had "informational interviews" with the hiring manager, already had people in his network in the receiving division provide recommendations to the hiring manager.  He's practically a shoe in.

When he told me, he presented it as a fait accompli.  While being a complete professional about it, he was telling me in not so many words that either I sign off on his formal application and transfer request or he's going to look outside the company.  He promised a soft transition and to answer all our questions after he makes the internal move.  He still believes in the company... just not some of the changes occuring in my division.

I still value him and our relationship.  And now knowing that he's transferring internally, I still treat him very differently than I did last week.  I'm pulling him off projects.  I cut his O3 short yesterday.  I'm not as lenient on him adjusting work hours... he's got stuff I NEED done before he leaves.

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As a direct in this situation, I've been sensitive to changes which happened once my manager knew of the transition.

Handing over projects is part of the move.  Deflexing work-hours is understandable, as we've got to schedule time to hand-off and cross-train.  Cutting O3s short, though, was counter-productive -- I had so much more to coordinate, as did he!

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I could easily be wrong, but it's not coming to mind.

I think this situation would be very dependant on your relationship with your manager and how you think they will react.

If you are not confident in your relationship and how they are going to react, I would consider not telling them at all until you accept another offer.

If you think you can safely broach the subject, I would start by talking about why you are unhappy and see how the conversation goes. If they react well to that conversation, then work towards how the problems in question are causing you to look around.

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Personally, it is better to be transparent at the same time to draw sound judgement over things.