GOOD AND BAD REASONS TO QUIT AND HOW TO DO IT.
You might as well face it, you’re not going to be working at the same job forever… you shouldn’t be. Whether it’s because you found better opportunities in another company, find the lure of starting another business unbearable, or you can’t stand working in the office you’re in it is important to exit in a professional manner. No matter how difficult it might be to refrain from flipping your office desk and walking out with your middle finger in the air, it is important to depart gracefully from your current commitment.
For starters, that is the decent way of doing things. Also, in a country like Nepal, you’re not going to go far if you’re going to go around making enemies. We work in a really small community and word gets around quick. Moreover, it is your responsibility to exit in a dignified manner and not be a complete ass-hat when you’re doing it.
Leaving your job is a big move, and you should calculate the repercussions and have your next move well planned. Go out in a huff and you’re wasting the time and effort you put into the company and the relationships you build while you worked there. These professional relationships will prove to become one of your biggest assets in the future.
Also, if you’ve made the decision to move on, don’t just quit your job. In most cases, you can carefully and strategically start looking for a new position before you turn in your resignation. It’s easier to get hired when you’re working, you don’t know how long it will take you to find another job
But before we get on how to quit, let’s look at the good (and bad) reasons and signs to quit your job.
- You are already thinking about finding a new job.
- Complaints and laments about your workday dominate your conversations with your family and friends.
- You find yourself frequently dreaming about retirement – even if you’re young.
- Your sleep patterns have been disrupted.
- You have developed headaches, frequent colds, or other physical symptoms of stress.
- You have increased your consumption of alcohol or drugs to escape your problems.
- Your appetite is suppressed, or you are eating more than usual as a result of your work stress.
- You dread Mondays, or you have trouble waking up for work in the morning on a regular basis.
- You are less productive at work, lack passion, and are bored more often.
- You are arguing more often with co-workers or bosses and don’t feel you have control over your work.
- You’re angry about something that happened at work that day.
- You hate your job.
- You need a break.
- You can’t afford to quit.
- You need the benefits that your job provides.
- You’ll be considered a job hopper (you will still need to be prepared to answer interview questions about why you left your job, especially if you have had a lot of them.)
- You don’t have a departure plan in place.
- You don’t have a new job waiting.
THE RESIGNATION PROCESS
1) Give Adequate Notice
If you have an employment contract that states how much notice you should give, abide by it. Otherwise, it’s appropriate to offer two weeks notice.
2) You Have No Obligation to Stay Longer
If your employer asks you to stay longer than two weeks (or the time period in your contract) you have no obligation to stay.
Your new employer will be expecting you to start as scheduled, and in a timely manner. What you could do is offer to help your previous employer, if necessary, after hours, via email or on the phone.
3) How to Quit Gracefully
The formal way to resign is to write a resignation letter and to tell your supervisor in person that you’re leaving. However, depending on circumstances, you may need to quit over the phone or to quit via email.
4) Write a Resignation Letter
Regardless of how you resign, write a resignation letter. A resignation letter can help you maintain a positive relationship with your old employer, while paving the way for you to move on. You never know when you might need that old employer to give you a reference, so it makes sense to take the time to write a polished and professional resignation letter.
5) What to Say to Your Boss
Don’t say much more than you are leaving. Emphasize the positive and talk about how the company has benefited you, but also mention that it’s time to move on. Offer to help during the transition and afterward. Don’t be negative. There’s no point – you’re leaving and you want to leave on good terms.
6) Ask for a Reference
Before you leave, ask for a letter of recommendation from your manager. As time passes and people move on, it’s easy to lose track of previous employers. With a letter in hand or a LinkedIn recommendation online, you’ll have documentation of your credentials to share with prospective employers.
7) Don’t Forget the Details
Find out about the employee benefits and salary you are entitled to receive upon leaving. Inquire about collecting unused vacation and sick pay. You may be asked to participate in an exit interview prior to your departure.
8) Return Company Property
Return any company property you have – including keys, documents, computers, phones, and anything else that doesn’t belong to you. The company doesn’t want to chase you to get it back, and you don’t want to be held responsible if it’s not returned in a timely manner.