Resignation Do's and Don'ts

Resignation Do’s and Don’ts

Resign is never a bad thing to do. But you have to know the technique how should you resign from your job when it’s time to move on to a new position or to do something else with your life.

There are some things that you should do, and other things you shouldn’t do when you turn in your resignation.

There are good and not so good ways to resign, but it’s best to keep a cool head, keep it positive, and not burn your bridges.

Things You Should Do:

  • Inform directly to your superior/manager

It is best to speak directly with your superior or manager before sending a resignation letter, whether it’s in person, by video chat or on the phone as a sign of respect. Email is a last resort but can be used when circumstances warrant.

  • Provide notice period when necessary

When resigning, you should tell your employer how much notice you are giving based on your contract or offer letter as well as when your last day at work will be. There are some reasons when you could quit without notice, such as if you’ve been endangered or sexually harassed. But if those reasons don’t fit your current situation and you want to leave sooner, it’s appropriate to ask if you can leave right away.

  • Get the important details

When you tell your employer or Human Resources Department that you’re leaving be sure to get the details on the employee benefits and salary you’re entitled to when you leave to avoid unnecessary issues happened.

  • Handover your work properly

Always do a proper handover process to ensure a smooth transition during your serve notice period. A good handover will help the new team member settle into their position more quickly and easily, and feel more comfortable and confident with the processes of the new job.

Things You Shouldn’t Do:

  • Do not simply accept the counteroffer

Once you’ve expressed your desire to move on, going back on that decision could be one of the worst moves of your career. You have to ask yourself: If they think you’re worth that now, why weren’t they paying you that earlier? Bear in mind that, the moment you’ve tendered the resignation letter, the trust is broken. They may become wary of you and your commitment to the company.

  • Don’t brag about your new job

Even if you just got the best job in the world, don’t brag about it to fellow employees since this can generate resentment, particularly if you imply that you are better than them. Be humble and thank others for their support and mention how you will miss working with them.

  • Don’t put anything negative

Regardless of how much you hate your job, hate your boss, or hate the company, don’t say it. Even if quitting is the best career move you’ve made up to this point, keep it to yourself. It’s best to be careful with your words and there’s no point in being negative — you’re leaving, and you want to leave on good terms.

  • Don’t forget to say goodbye

Before you leave, take the time to send a farewell message to co-workers. Be gracious, and express your gratitude to them for their continued support. Maintain a positive tone all around as you depart, and it will be more likely that you will be remembered as a positive colleague.

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