Taking the decision to leave your employment is a very tough one – you have to make sure you are making the right decision for the right reasons. And resigning is not an easy task – even if you hate your job, hate your boss,
are excited about starting your new job or know that losing your job via the company is a soon to be reality.
So are you sure?……
Really, really sure?………..
If you have an employment contract that states how much notice you should give, abide by it. If not, it’s appropriate to offer two weeks notice. However, in some cases, you may feel that you are unable to stay for another couple of weeks. ..
There are some cases when you may not have to give any notice at all. These can include:
- An employee has been physically abusive
- A supervisor has sexually harassed you
- The work environment is unsafe or it is unsafe to carry out your assigned responsibilities
- Your mental health is being seriously endangered by job stress
- You have not been paid the agreed upon wage or wages have been withheld for an unreasonable length of time
- You have been asked to do something which is clearly unethical or illegal
Write a Resignation Letter
When you have decided that you are going to quit your job, the first thing to do is to put it in writing. A resignation letter can help you maintain a positive relationship with your old employer, while paving the way for you to move on. You never know when you might need that old employer to give you a reference, so it makes sense to take the time to write a professional resignation letter.
Things to Remember –
Include your last date. A basic resignation letter should include the fact that you’re resigning and the last day you will work. It’s fine to thank the employer for the opportunities they have provided to you, as well.
Keep it Brief.
Your resignation letter should be brief and to the point. You don’t need to include lengthy explanations about why you are resigning.
When to Include a Reason. If you’re resigning under positive circumstances – you’re relocating or going back to school, for example, it’s fine to include the reason. If you’re resigning because it’s a bad job, there’s no need to mention the gory details. It’s better to keep them to yourself.
Offer to Help.
If it’s feasible, offer to help during the transition and afterwards. The offer may not be accepted, but it will be appreciated. Include a phone number and email address where you can be contacted.
Even if hate your job, don’t say it. Your resignation letter will be placed in your permanent employment file and it’s important that it doesn’t contain much more than the basics.
Return Company Property
If you have any company property in your possession as part of your role – return it. This can include keys, documents, computers, phones, and anything else that doesn’t belong to you. If the company has chase you to get it back, this will not look good and can be held against you and can result in further action being taken against you.
Ask for a Reference
Before your final date of employment, ask for a letter of recommendation from your manager. As time passes and people move on, it’s easy to lose track of previous employers. With a letter in hand, you’ll have written documentation of your credentials to give to prospective employers.
Don’t Forget the Small Print!
Enquire about the benefits and salary you are entitled to when leaving, including collecting unused holiday and sick pay.
You may also be asked to participate in an exit interview prior to your departure. This will be to finalise any details and check that there are no grievances.