How to Resign

If you are not already aware, currently within the UK and across the globe, what’s become known as ‘the great resignation’ takes businesses by storm. For many reasons, employees begin to look to the door following the end of the Covid-19 pandemic. If you're one of the many considering handing in your resignation, you may be wondering how you're going to do it.

We understand the urge to slam down your resignation when under extremely poor and frustrating management. However, before you do, think about the long term implications and how they may impact your career going forward. In this blog, we will discuss the correct way to resign and why you should do it.

Have a detailed plan for your future

The last thing you want is to quit out of anger and not know where your next paycheck is coming from, so before you hand in your resignation, make sure you have a new offer from another company that you can start once you have finished your notice period. People may think of quitting first and then start looking for a new job, it makes sense, you'll have plenty of time to look for new opportunities. However, before you do that, consider that you don't know how long you could be unemployed. If you have bills to pay and people relying on you, your stress levels are going to increase exponentially.

Leave on good terms

As we have mentioned, the last thing you want to do is quit out of anger, spoiling a potentially good relationship with your manager will do nothing but harm your future career prospects. How? Firstly, you'll ruin any chance of getting a good reference. Secondly, you never know when you'll meet your old boss again, it could be at a networking event or in a future role, it's safer to stay on their good side. The same applies to your work colleagues, you'll never know who you'll be working with or for in the future. Additionally, one of your colleagues could have connections that will help you find your next job. To conclude, there's nothing bad that can happen from maintaining good relationships, but some bad things can happen if you don't.

Provide a detailed handover

To maintain a good relationship with your co-workers and manager, helping to provide a detailed handover will be a massive help and something your team will be extremely appreciative of. When creating your handover, think of the following: What current objectives are you working towards? Who will be the best person in your team to take over these objectives when you leave? What background knowledge will your team need when they pick up your tasks? Are there any login details for different software that need to be passed on? We ran a poll on our Linkedin page and found 67% of people thought delivering a detailed handover was the most important thing to do when handing in your resignation, so when it comes to providing yours, make sure you do it right.

Prepare your exit interview

Once you have handed in your resignation, your HR team or line manager may want to conduct an exit interview with you to review your experience at the company. This is a great opportunity for you to talk to your manager about the reason you left, in a respectful way, as well as providing some constructive criticism (if appropriate). Make sure to mention some good things about the company and management at the end to leave on a high.

To conclude, resigning is not a decision that should be rushed. Make sure you follow the complete guide above to give yourself the best chance to succeed going forward.

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