Resigning in the right way

Leaving an employer can be a difficult decision and the formalities can be daunting. This page aims to give you insight into the resignation process and how best to handle the task of delivering the news to your current employer.

Before resigning
Ahead of handing in your resignation, dig out your contract or terms of employment to double check how much notice you have to give. If you have already found another job, to avoid conflict between your notice period and the start date of the new job make sure that your new employer is aware of the date that you are available from.

To prepare yourself financially, it is also worth reading up on how your employer handles final salary entitlement and holiday allowance so that you know what to expect with your last pay packet.

Writing your resignation letter
Your letter should be professionally worded and concise, first and foremost detailing the position you’re resigning from and the date you intend to leave. Afterward you may also like to add what you have enjoyed about the role and how much you have learned.

Exit interviews
On receiving your letter your employer may invite you to an exit interview. They will want to understand your reasons for leaving, to check if there is anything they could improve upon. Honesty is important in exit interview feedback as your comments could influence positive changes in the workplace which benefit your colleagues. Try and keep your comments factual and objective and any criticism constructive. Your aim is to leave the meeting on a positive and amicable note, with a set leaving date.

Counter offers
Your employer may use your exit interview as an opportunity to encourage you to stay with the company, by offering you a promotion or a salary increase. If you are genuinely unhappy with the company or your career direction, it’s unlikely that this will change your decision. However, if you feel that your reasons for leaving can be overcome, then it may be worth considering a counter-offer to avoid the disruption that comes with changing employment. If you are offered an incentive which makes you reconsider resigning, make sure your employer puts the counter offer in writing before you officially accept.

Leave on good terms
It’s important to remain professional throughout the resignation process. Your notice period will be much easier if you strive to maintain a positive relationship with your manager and colleague. It could also leave you in good stead should you choose to return to the company at a later date.

In the event that there is a dispute with the final settlement, your demeanour when issuing your letter of resignation and attending the exit interview will have an impact on how this will be handled by your employer.

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