I’ve broken my own three rules about leaving a company
Lucy Kellaway: I knew it was time to go once I realised I was no longer frightened
“When I cleared out my desk last week, I felt fine. I simply scooped up 32 years of workplace detritus and dumped it in the bin.” Photograph: Getty
What is the most decorous way to leave a company where you have worked happily for decades?
I had always thought there were three things well-behaved people never did. They did not poach colleagues. They did not hang around afterwards, but made a clean break. And they did not get embarrassingly emotional.