Resignations – 7 Things Not to Do When Resigning
The goal of resigning is to protect your reference for the future. If you have done great work for the last few years, don’t screw it up with a bad resignation.
- Waltz in to your bosses office and announce “I’m out of here”
Well, so much for the courteous approach.
Prepare a letter stating you are resigning with a last day noted. Give 2 weeks’ notice. Be sure to account for any outstanding vacation.
Present the letter in a face-to-face meeting (no slipping on his/her desk or sending an email). Yes, it’s uncomfortable, but part of being professional.
- Do nothing, take long lunches, take extra sick days, come in late/leave early during your notice period.
The deal is to be professional. Create a list of everything that’s on your plate divided into what will be completed by the time you leave and what will not, with the status it will be in when you leave.
Present the list in the resignation meeting.
This list helps to make the meeting less tense.
It also helps your boss save face with her boss when she announces your departure. She shows she has it under control.
- Tell them where you are going.
This is optional. It may just give your boss the opening to dump on the new company.
Why not say, “I shall call you when I get settled”.
- Get upset if they walk you out.
It may be just an HR policy against the worst case scenario.
Assemble all your key possession in a single drawer before you meet your boss so you can exit quickly if necessary.
- Resent negative reaction from your boss.
Your boss may react poorly to the news. That can include yelling or worse.
Your boss may deploy tools to slow you down.
Guilt – How could you do this after all I have done for you?
Intimidation – If you think I shall give you a good reference in the future, think again
Flattery – Your team can’t go on without you.
Bribery/Promises – Gee, I was just about to set up a meeting to give you a raise/new project/promotion
These are just ways of giving your boss time to prepare for your eventual departure which may be your choice or may not. Resigning is usually a sign of serious disaffection with the company and they usually can’t change that. If you resign as a ploy to get a raise for example, it’s seen as immature and erodes trust.
- Make a loud announcement in the middle of the office, “I’m out of here you bunch of losers”
Give your boss time to announce your departure. Don’t be a focus of discontent. If other people want to leave, they need to take steps on their own.
- Neglect to capture the cell numbers and home addresses for everyone you liked working with. They may make a move in the future themselves.
After you’re gone, send them holiday greetings and stay in touch. They are valuable nodes on your personal career network. . You may want to reach out to them, for a reference or even a job one day.
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She is the Chief Financial officer here, and her hard work ensures everything is kept in tip top shape.
Another role she has is to help companies find the top talent out there.
Her track record speaks for itself.
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