Accepting a new position is an exciting time - looking forward to your future career can and should give you a real sense of achievement. But then there's also the matter of handing in your resignation, which for some can be a daunting prospect. So here are some guidelines covering what to do and what to say to help you resign in a professional manner.
Resignation needs a lot of careful thought and preparation. If it is handled in the right way it will demonstrate a positive and mature personal approach to your decision. Alternatively, if you approach it inappropriately and awkwardly, negative feelings and recriminations can occur and these could affect your career in the future.
Think about your boss and your work patterns and decide when you are going to resign, for example a Monday morning during a delivery may not be the best option. Ask to sit down in a private office and ensure you are away from the shop floor or your department.
It may be difficult to predict the outcome of such a sensitive meeting - so preparation is key. Your boss may well congratulate you - they may equally feel betrayed and you could even find yourself in a conflict situation. So expect the unexpected, plan ahead the best you can and the golden rule? Remain professional at all times. Here are some more points to help you prepare for your meeting:-
Managing a Counter Offer
Once upon a time, you handed in your notice and looked forward to your leaving party - but it's not quite that simple anymore. Today when you resign, you can expect a counter offer - but beware, after the initial flattery and extra cash have lost their appeal, you may still be left feeling exactly as you did when you started looking for a new job.
Furthermore, a counter offer that improves your financial package can simply mean that you receive your standard pay rise early - so it could lead to disappointment later in the year. Plus, once you have handed in your resignation, your loyalty and commitment may be called into question, and as a consequence, you may find yourself being passed over for promotion. So, accepting a counter offer can seriously damage your job prospects too, and even when the counter offer includes the promise of promotion, it may still never materialise - and unless you have it in writing, you will be left high and dry.
The facts speak for themselves. A counter offer is often the most cost-effective and productive solution to your resignation. Persuading you to stay may be cheaper than recruiting your replacement - so for your company, it's not about you - it's sound economics.
And if you find yourself being tempted, remember this: national statistics show that 89% of all employees who accept a counter offer leave within the next 6 months.
So if you receive a counter offer, don't be surprised - but don't be fooled either.
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