Gone are the days when people joined an organization after passing out of college, and left only after retirement. Today nobody sticks around at the same job for more than a couple of years. Practically speaking, there may be many reasons for switching jobs. Better money, better position, growth and development, learning opportunities etc are a few of the reasons why you might consider resigning from your job. But sometimes, people have other “personal” reasons (like not getting along with the boss) for putting in their papers.
Whatever the reason may be, if you resign, you should do it in a proper and professional way. It is best to keep emotions out of your professional life. So even if you are saying “Bye Bye” to a boss you hate, you don’t want to burn bridges before you go. Here are a few things that should be taken care of when you put in your papers:
• The first thing is to type out a professional Resignation Letter, keeping out your personal feelings and opinions. Send a copy to your immediate supervisor, and another to the HR department.
• It is important to give adequate notice when you resign. Your company should be able to find a replacement for you, Right? Usually, the notice period is decided at the time of hiring. Stick with what you promised when you got the job.
• It is advisable to have a job in hand before you put in your papers. Do not count on finding a job during the notice period. It is possible that your employer may ask you to leave immediately. Be prepared for that eventuality.
• Try to train and help your successor as well as you can. You should try to make the transition easy and successful for everyone. Avoid bitching about your job/company/boss to the successor.
• Do not forget to go over the financial aspects with the Accounts and Payroll guys. You may have bonuses, paid leave, gratuity, PF and many other things to claim. These dues are an important reason why you don’t want to get on the wrong side of your employer when you leave. You don’t want this process to take months, do you?
• If you appear for an exit interview, try to be as objective as possible. You may list your grievances, but try to avoid getting too personal. Also, don’t forget to thank your employer for the opportunity to work with him/her.
• Do not burn bridges as you go. Make sure you leave on a positive note and do not leave on bad terms with your supervisor/co-workers or subordinates. You never know when you might need a favor from your old contacts in the industry!
• Don’t let your work/performance become sloppy just because you have resigned. Avoid the temptation to “take things easy”.
• Think well in advance about your reaction to a counter offer. If you are made a counter offer, do not accept it unless it really is better than the offer you have. Take time to think and avoid hasty decisions.
You may love your job and it may not be easy for you to leave. But remember that it is the best for you and for people who depend on you. Don’t feel guilty about leaving. You owe it to yourself to watch out for your interests.