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Be Great at Resignation

Peter Stevens May 25, 2022

Today’s job market is the most competitive it has ever been, so it’s no surprise when coupled with talent shortages in lots of areas employers are reluctant to part with talent, particularly if they are going to a competitor.

Moving jobs is stressful for both employer and employee, but when resigning from your current role you want to show courtesy, be respectful and be professional. You don’t know when you may be working with ex-colleagues again, seeing people at events or working with other organisations through partnerships, it’s paramount you want to resign the right way.

Check out our top do’s and don’ts to ensure as smooth a resignation as possible.


What to do during your notice period:

  1. Know the detail of your contract – You need to give your current employer sufficient notice to begin the process for replacing you and you want to be fair to your new employer so they can plan your induction. Ensure you know the details of your contract so you can provide dates and timeframes to both parties.
  2. You want the transition to be smooth – In order to make your resignation as smooth and as stress-free as possible make sure you leave a clear handover of your work projects to make it easier for whoever is taking over your role.
  3. Consider your current employer – You want to be considerate of your employer’s position as they have spent time and effort training you. Your departure may leave a team under-resourced, and they will have to replace you. While being respectful of their position is important, don’t let this sway your decision when resigning - be firm in your decision to resign and be prepared for a counteroffer!



What not to do during your notice period:

  1. Don’t start airing dirty laundry – this is rule number one and too many people fall foul of this. You may have handed in your notice and decided to move on, but you shouldn’t start airing grievances publicly or making negative statements.
  2. Don’t feel under pressure – Just because you are moving on to a new employer, you should not feel pressurised to take on extra work during your notice period. It’s not practical and it’s not healthy.
  3. Don’t take a counteroffer – Counteroffers are now very common for organisations. This scenario creates lots of questions, why did I have to leave for them to increase my salary? Will the relationship change? It is well known that 80% of employees who accept a counteroffer leave within six months and 90% leave within a year. The same issues and problems you had a year ago will still be there, you’ll just be delaying the inevitable. So don’t take a counteroffer you decided to leave for a reason, stick to it!


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