How To Resign With Pride, Dignity and Respect
Planning on starting the new year in a fresh new job, but dreading the task of quitting your current role pre-Christmas? Ensure you don't leave on bad terms by resigning in the right way—courtesy, etiquette, and professionalism go a very long way. Consider the below actions to avoid burning any bridges so you can sail into your next chapter with ease and excitement.
If you’ve made the tough decision to resign, keep it to yourself and ensure your manager is the first person to be notified. The absolute last thing you want to happen is that your manager finds out the news from other colleagues—this is a very unprofessional note to leave on. Plus, it’s always a possibility that you may get a counter offer and changed your decision, leaving you to have to fill in those in-the-know colleagues on the situation, which can be embarrassing.
If you’re keen to maintain a relationship with your manager, ensure you stick out your the mandatory notice period in your contract. This gives your manager and employer the time to make arrangements for a replacement without leaving them high and dry, and will ensure relationships are preserved. Even better, if you’re in the position to be, be flexible with your finishing date.
Never resign in writing without giving your manager notice—be considerate and book a meeting in advance, and resign face-to-face once you’re fully prepared. This in itself shows respect and professionalism, which is key.
Don’t beat around the bush or aim to hide anything from your employer during your resignation. Be open, be honest, and be prepared to answer any questions they may ask about your future plans. This will show confidence in your decision, respect to your employer, and will help maintain trust.
Even if you are leaving due an issue with your manager, colleagues, or company, always be diplomatic in your resignation so you don’t put your employer off-side, as you never know where your ex-colleagues could turn up. You can be honest without being vicious or spiteful.
And remember that it is your decision, so don’t encourage resentment of any kind to build inside you because it will reflect in your words and actions during your resignation.
During your resignation, show gratitude and dignity by showing and communicating your appreciation of what you’ve learnt, enjoyed, and achieved during this position.
Offering to find and/or train a replacement for your position shows that you are completely invested in the company until your departure, which your employer will respect and appreciate. It may be a challenge, but stay focused, positive and fulfill responsibilities until your final exit.
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