- White House communications director Hope Hicks‘ resignation was announced Wednesday.
- Hicks said she was grateful to President Trump, and Trump said he completely understood that she wanted to pursue other opportunities.
- Experts say the best way to resign from your job without burning bridges is to make the conversation about you and your career needs.
Hope Hicks, the White House communications director, is resigning.
This week, she testified before the House Intelligence Committee regarding the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election, and said that she’d told “white lies” on the president’s behalf.
She was also reportedly dating former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, who resigned after his two ex-wives said that he had abused them during their relationships. Before Porter’s resignation, Hicks reportedly helped draft chief of staff John Kelly’s response to the allegations of abuse.
Hicks’ departure appeared remarkably cordial. In a statement, she lavished praise on her boss, President Donald Trump.
“There are no words to adequately express my gratitude to President Trump,” Hicks said in the statement. “I wish the President and his administration the very best as he continues to lead our country.”
The president responded in kind. “Hope is outstanding and has done great work for the last three years,” he said in a statement. “She is as smart and thoughtful as they come, a truly great person. I will miss having her by my side but when she approached me about pursuing other opportunities, I totally understood.”
At this point it’s unclear exactly how Hicks announced her impending resignation to Trump. (The New York Times reported that Hicks told a small group of colleagues in the days before her appearance before the House Intelligence Committee.) But publicly, she’s followed experts’ best advice and made a brilliant tactical choice to avoid burning bridges on the way out.
When you’re resigning from your job, be sure to thank your boss for the opportunities they’ve given you
As Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of “Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job,” previously told Business Insider, you’ll always want to break the news in person. You can email your boss in advance letting them know you have something important and private to discuss.
Taylor recommends starting the conversation by thanking your boss for the opportunities they’ve given you. Then let them know you’ve found a perfect opportunity for where you are in your career. You may also want to tell them that you’ll keep your eyes peeled for potential candidates to replace you.
Above all, Taylor recommends making the conversation about you and your professional needs – and not bashing your boss. You may run into them again in your new role.
Before joining the Trump campaign in 2015, Hicks had no political experience, so it’s anyone’s guess where she’ll go next and how she’ll draw on her White House background.