As career women, the question of “How do I resign?” is one that has weighed on our minds at one time or the other over the years. This is a guide on how to resign from an employment like a professional. Sometimes working in an organization, one may feel overworked and underpaid, leading to feelings of frustration and despondency. You may feel like your efforts are not being appreciated or your suggestions for the most part are ignored. It takes a great deal of discipline for you to work in an environment where you don’t feel happy in.
Suddenly you get a breakthrough and get picked for your dream job. This is not the time for ‘payback’. This is not the time to give your boss a piece of your mind and tell them of how aggravating it had been working with them. This is not the time to have a negative attitude to your work and colleagues; you will end up creating enemies that you really don’t need, destroying relationships and limiting your network reach.
A non-professional at this time may have a sense of entitlement, feeling like power is now in her hands. She will at this time go ahead to send in a letter of resignation – with immediate effect – straight to the Human Resources Manager without informing her immediate boss/supervisor. The letter will, no doubt, contain tales of woe, how she wasn’t treated fairly, how her boss was the worst person on earth to work for or how the company failed to make the working environment conducive for all staff and so on and so forth. She then develops a poor attitude to work, comes in late, takes three-hour long breaks, closes before the stipulated time, constantly complaining about anything and everything to anyone who will give a listening ear. While one may feel justified acting this way, it really isn’t the right way. Colossians 3:23 says, “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.”
So do your best at all times, even when resigning.
Reasons not to leave the wrong way are:
• You may need to return to the company in future. It’s good to be remembered as an asset not a dead weight.
• The business world is a small place; the previous company/employer may be required to give a reference on you and your work ethics.
• In this era of mergers and acquisitions, your new company may just be bought by your old company and you may find yourself working with the same people you spoke ill about (what a sticky situation that may turn out to be).
• Your current boss may also move over to the new company, and turn out to be your new boss (hmmmm, just imagine that!).
• At all times, you need to remain and be seen to be professional (this builds your reputation in the business world).
In saying all these, let’s talk about the do’s and don’ts of resignation.
The Do’s of Resignation
• Inform the company about your resignation in a respectful manner, giving enough notice.
• Seek audience with your direct boss, letting them know of your decision to leave, while thanking them for the opportunity to work with them. Now is not the time to bring up any kind of grouse you may have.
• This is the time to be even more punctual and dutiful; go the extra mile to increase your presence there. Leave a good name and record behind.
• Make sure that all documents in your care are accounted for.
• When interviewing/training a replacement for your job, do as thorough a job as you can and please don’t fill their head with negativity.
• Prepare a well-detailed hand-over document, stating completed projects, those still in progress and the ones that need to be attended to in the near future.
• Prepare a detailed data base system, explain the filing system and, if there were code words used by you, take out time to explain those too. Try to ensure a seamless transition.
The Don’ts of Resignation
• If you can avoid it, don’t mention the new place you are moving to.
• No matter how excited you are about your new offer, try not to brag about it at your old place of work.
• Try not to resign with immediate effect. Do it the right way by giving the stipulated time in your contract.
• Don’t burn your bridges at your old place of work; in a worst case scenario, keep things cordial.
• When you resume at your new place of employment, don’t trash talk your old company/employers; it says a lot about you (to the negative, I must add).
Getting a new job (especially one with brighter prospects) is a wonderful feeling. However, remember the Bible says in Zechariah 4:10, “Do not despise the days of small beginnings;” so in all things, be thankful and show gratitude. We live in a small world where people meet regularly under different circumstances; let it always be said of you to be a consummate professional. There is no need to spoil your relationships and future career prospects due to pettiness.
As a true professional, always look at the bigger picture and future possibilities.