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Manufacturing Indaba 2018

Going graciously

It's coming up for the 'Silly Season' and we all tend to do 'silly' things at this time of the year. If you are starting a new job in the new year and are planning to resign over this period, you would do well not to be 'silly' about it. Resigning can be stressful and emotional at the best of times, so be thoughtful about how you go about this process.
Consider your options before you resign and be sure about your decision. Once you have submitted your letter of resignation and it has been accepted, you are unlikely to get your job back if you change your mind. Be prepared for the consequences of your decision that may range from being counter-offered to being snubbed by bosses and colleagues.

A lot rides on how you resign. Many employees are scared to resign because they feel they 'owe' their boss or company for the support, career advancement or loyalty shown them. Resignation usually occurs for three reasons:
  • You have an opportunity to advance your career in a new environment
  • You feel you are not being appreciated and paid enough
  • You absolutely can't work there anymore - the environment is insufferable
Irrespective of how you really feel, you need to keep this process as uncomplicated and as professional as possible. It is not a time to vent or put personal grudges in your letter or use the opportunity to criticise your employer. You may not think so at the time, but handling your exit from the company inappropriately can destroy years of good service. It is likely that some time in the future, a potential employer will contact your current employer for a reference of sorts, so DON'T burn bridges.

In fact, once you are working out your notice period, you should perform to the best of your ability, complete projects, work overtime if necessary and leave on a positive note.

Your letter of resignation should state only the facts. You are not obliged to state where you are going. Should you have an exit interview, you may wish to be constructive in your reasons for leaving - lack of opportunity, company vision, better prospects, change of career are typical reasons. Do not become confrontational or angry during this process.

Look back on your time with the company and take the positives out of the experience. If you have learnt new skills, advanced your career, used it as a stepping stone to bigger and better things, that's great. If it was a bad experience, then remember what mistakes were made and make sure you don't make them again. Either way, going graciously is the way to go.

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