Sometimes your job will last you a lifetime, sometimes you just can’t stay there any longer. Whether it is for a change in your career or the environment just isn’t right for you, you will need to undergo the process of resignation.
Is it uncomfortable? YES
Is it awkward? YES
Do you still need to tell the people involved? YES
It is an inevitable procedure and you will likely face a lot of uncertainties and unhappiness. You need a plan and to remain calm in this moment. Be motivated by the excitement of a new opportunity that you are heading towards. It is important to not “storm out”, destroy all your friendships in the office and most definitely not leave a terrible reputation behind. Be a decent human being, not the one people will hate.
What you should never do
“One employee left a note on her manager's desk saying she quit and wouldn't be back. Another employee got mad, yelled at the boss, and walked out the door. Neither option, of course, is the best way to resign if you can help it.” – Excerpt by Alison Doyle Jobsearch
Some Professional Advice for your Resignation.
The most important aspect of your resignation is to resign gracefully. Give them the appropriate notice period so they can find someone and you have the opportunity to pass on your work. Positivity is always wiser than negativity.
When you quit, it is essential to provide a resignation letter, it acts as a formal document that you are leaving the company. Agree on the notice period as required in your contract of employment and as well the priorities around completion of tasks.
This may sound counter-intuitive, offer your help with the new transition and hand over your responsibilities and projects appropriately to the next person. After all, during your notice period, you are still employed and hence it’s your responsibility to continue to give your best effort in the job and finish in the company on a high note. People will remember you as the employee that has a hardworking and positive attitude; when it is time for a reference, colleagues and bosses are more willing to provide a good reference.
Lastly, on the last few days of your notice, send an email to all the colleagues you have worked with and have formed connections with that you are leaving. If you send a company-wide email, it appears insincere and those you’ve never come in contact before wouldn’t even know who you are! Keep it short and simple, let them know why you are leaving and a farewell message. If you wish, you can leave your contact details for the ones that you wish to continue interactions with.
Some companies or the HR department will invite you to attend a farewell interview. It is courteous to attend and always be professional at the interview, it is your final contribution to the company and make it helpful! You are allowed to provide any constructive feedback but ensure it isn’t a complaint.
Take Home Message
Resignation can be an extremely difficult and uncomfortable topic to raise and even more awkward during the notice period. Maintain calm and professionalism during this time, remember that your colleagues will always be your connections, friends you made during your work time can continue to be friends. Be motivated by the new opportunity that awaits you!