Guideline to Resign from a Job: The Ethical Way

Resigning from a job is common and each one has to do it at some point. If you are planning quitting your job, here is a right way of doing it.

Prior to submitting your resignation

  • Be sure of your decision to 100% to resign. Deciding to resign must not be done on an impulse or hastily. If you are unhappy with your work and you notice it has begun affecting your attitude and productivity, yes, it is worth considering moving on.
  • Weigh the pros and cons, take your time and resign. Prevent any sort of knee-jerk reaction. If you are dissatisfied, consider if the current role may be improved by yourself so that you stay on and are you really willing to stay and continue. Taking any decision without much consideration may result in regret later. Consider meeting your higher authorities such as your manager, head of the department or some senior officer and address your issues, if possible they may encourage you to stay and do essential changes.

 Check legal requirements

If convinced, this may be the right time for you to decide on resigning. Complete the legal requirements. Give the right notice period and read the contract fine prints to ensure you have met the legal obligations.

Checklist of Resignation

  • Write a formal resignation letter
  • Keep your resignation letter short and straightforward. Hand it or email it directly to your line manager/ supervisor, and give a copy to the HR department of your company.

 Retain good ethics

The end in this workplace may be apparent, yet leave a lasting impression. Avoid checking out prematurely. Do not show any unprofessional conduct as it may haunt you some time, especially now the world in connected in all the doors. Ensure there is no poor reputation preceding your next interview or job.

Apart from finishing projects, organize files, hand over relevant subjects, delete personal emails and tie loose ends. Prepare a comprehensive handover to the person who is taking your place as your replacement. In this way, anyone taking over your tasks can handle it with ease. This will demonstrate your care and professionalism.

Parting words

Say ‘goodbye’, by an email or announce a gathering on the last day. Thank your colleagues and employer for giving this opportunity to learn, gain experience and to work with them. Make an effort to leave keeping your head high.