Resignation preparation and beyond

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So, last week I wrote a blog “The minefield of a counter offer and why NOT to take it!!!” which has already received nearly 4,000 views.

The message was don’t take a counter offer, which is easier said than done – this is how to avoid one in the first place!

Preparing for resignation:

  • Expect mixed emotions – sadness, guilt and feelings of disloyalty, these are all perfectly normal.
  • Remember the excitement about your new position – new people, new opportunities, new challenges – keep that in mind as you go through the process.
  • Prepare yourself and you will not be taken off guard.

When to do it

  • It is helpful to choose a “business as usual” busy time that best avoids uncomfortable or awkward situations.

 How to do it

Here’s why you should always resign in writing, not verbally.

  • Because you mean it and it’s not an invitation to “chat” which can become stressful and lead to well meaning, unintentional but also unwelcome pressure.
  • Pushing that white envelope across the table with carefully worded sentences sets the right professional tone for a smooth transition out.

 

The art of deflection

  • Any current employer will naturally want to seek information [bullet endings should be consistent – either a full stop or not]
  • Avoid detailed information disclosure
  • Keep all bridges positively intact
  • Role play at deflecting answers
  • Answer in a way that demonstrates the decision is already made and the commitment will be followed through
  • Always return the conversation to the “decision made”
  • If pressed – why are opinions so important? [I don’t understand this last point?]

Managing employer tactics

  • Be mentally prepared - forewarned is forearmed
  • Love-ins and everyone dropping by
  • Re-hashed organisation charts - “we were about to tell you..”
  • New position - “how about it?”
  • Old mentors “you can’t possibly leave!”
  • Emotional pull - “do this one thing for me personally”
  • Counter offers - cold hard cash is often next year’s pay rise

 

THE RESIGNATION MEETING - EXAMPLE

John, I’ve committed myself to joining another organisation and would like to commence at the earliest opportunity. Here is my letter of resignation, and I would like to discuss how we can work together to make it a smooth and swift transition.

EXAMPLE RESIGNATION LETTER

Dear …

Please accept this letter as my formal resignation and x months’ notice with my final day being xxx.

I am grateful for the success we have been able to achieve together at [company name], but I have now made a firm commitment to joining another organisation.

Please note that I intend to work with you to complete any outstanding work during my notice period in order to make my resignation as smooth as possible.

I am eager to leave on a positive note and look forward to discussing with you how to accomplish this.

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