IT'S PAYBACK TIME
You just bagged a new job, and today's when you get to accost your soon-to-be-former boss with your resignation letter and a whole bunch of scathing one-liners. So you walk into his office, papers in hand, and eloquently recite them until you have succeeded in scraping the very last bit of that smug smile from his face. Showed him, didn't you? The rest of your working day is spent on boasting about your next job to your colleagues, and that evening, you pack your odds-and-ends and head out. But, wait! Exciting as the road ahead may appear, aren't you closing the door a little too tightly behind you? Sure, quitting a job for better pay or perks is only natural, but be careful about exiting the right way if you want to stay ahead in the game. Some tips on how to resign with grace.
Put as much thought into your resignation as a job interview. The language in your letter of farewell should be framed as delicately as possible, and - even if you feel the need to elaborate on your reasons for doing so - ensure that you do not create any negative feelings in the process. A good attitude is important. Try to be as diplomatic as possible with your superiors when you call it quits; it's a small world, and you never know where you will bump into them next. "Also, as there is the possibility of going back to work with the same employer, one must part ways in a friendly manner. Even if someone has resigned due to professional reasons, the person can always find an attractive position in the previous firm a few years down the line," says Shainu Varghese, an HR manager with the Chennai wing of an IT multinational.
Don't go around boasting about your new job to your co-workers before you have actually submitted the resignation letter. Chances are, the issue may reach your boss's ears before you get a chance to meet him, and this wouldn't bode well for your relationship with him. Also, make sure that you present him with a printed copy of your resignation letter before sending the email along. Resigning solely by email is woefully disrespectful, and while there are some bosses who may not mind you taking this impersonal route out of an uncomfortable situation, there are many others who may do so.
While your resignation letter may be greeted with a variety of emotions, there is a good chance that it may come as a complete shock to your superiors. But whatever their reaction may be, respond in a calm, collected manner that reflects your understanding of the situation and demonstrates that you are taking the step after a lot of thought. Even if your boss turns confrontational and resorts to blackmail, emotional or otherwise, do not get drawn into a meaningless argument. You have decided to leave your job; it's not a crime, and there's no reason to get defensive about it. Be polite, but remain firm.
Be sure to tie up every loose end before your last day at work - there are few things that irk an employer more than a person who abandons his post without finishing all the tasks assigned to him. The people taking over from you will not appreciate being left holding the baby, and if the news gets through, even your new employers may shake their heads at the way you handle responsibility. "In your last days, every effort should be taken to ensure that your former employers don't feel resentful towards you," says Varghese, "These days, background checks are done in most industries, and they invariably involve contacting the candidate's previous employer. In case the ex-employee has left without completing formalities, or without finishing the tasks assigned to him, this could find mention in the report."