Quit Your Job the Right Way

JM Group
17 January 2018
 

31st January is the day workers are most likely to hand in their notice.   If you are one of these people looking to move on then it’s important to hand in your notice the right way.

We Brits generally don’t enjoy confrontation or awkwardness, so for most people, giving notice is not usually an enjoyable experience.  But there is a right – and a wrong – way to do it, from both a legal standpoint and from a common courtesy perspective.

Here are a few steps you can take to hand your notice in the right way so as you remain respectful to your current employer whilst retaining control:

1.       Request a one-to-one meeting with your manager so as you have the privacy to discuss matters.  This allows your manager control over how and when they announce your resignation to the rest of the team.  A Friday afternoon works well as it gives your boss the weekend to absorb the news. 

2.       Put it in writing, clearly stating your resignation date and leaving date.  If you wish to shorten or lengthen your notice it is advisable to include this in the letter and bring it up in your discussion.  Remember you can use any accrued holiday to shorten your notice.

3.       If there is a counter-offer, while flattering, be clear about the reasons you are leaving, remain firm and stick to your guns. 

4.       Be prepared for questions about your new role and company and only offer what information you feel comfortable in giving. 

5.       Leave on good terms, it will be observed and noted.  Leave in as professional a manner as possible, you never know when your paths may cross again. 

 

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