I'm thinking of resigning from my job three months later and I plan to inform my supervisor closer to the date. However, my supervisor has just given me a new projects that will run for the next six months. What should I do to avoid putting myself in a sticky situation and at the same time, not offend my superior as I don't want to burn bridges?
Many employers would agree with me that the attribute that they value most in their subordinates is integrity. A good dose of good work ethics and professionalism will definitely help to build your credibility and serve you well in your career.
Regardless of your notice period, it is imperative that you raise your intention early because it gives your supervisor an opportunity to address your concerns. Sometimes, you are clouded by your anxieties and feel that resignation is the only way out. Fortunately, resignation is often not the only solution. You could be a working mum who just requires some flexi-work arrangements to help you cope with your personal commitments or a jaded executive who needs a fresh challenge. However, you should NEVER use resignation as a bargaining chip. It might work the first time but you may not be so lucky subsequently.
Some employees might deliberately choose to delay the notice because of the impending bonus. While it is not uncommon that employees pocket the bonus first then throw in the towel, you will need to weigh whether it’s worth tarnishing your reputation over the monetary rewards.
If you have already made up your mind to leave the organisation, the more you shouldn’t delay the notice to your supervisor. You will only frustrate your supervisor should he/she find out that you are disengaged from your work and you held back the notice for reasons that only you will know. To ensure a good exit, it is only fair to give your supervisor ample notice so that he/she can make the necessary manpower arrangements should negotiations to retain you fail. Meanwhile, you will need to honour all the work commitments that were previously assigned to you and ensure a proper hand over by preparing a list of outstanding duties and location of all the resources. In today’s tight employment market, your supervisor will appreciate the early notice so that there is sufficient time to recruit a suitable candidate to replace you.
If the project is urgent and you do not have any concrete plans, you may want to consider giving the company the option to engage you just for the project or plan a transition during the project. However, be prepared that you will be asked to leave immediately and be compensated for the notice period by your employer. Employers who resort to this measure often do so to protect their proprietary information.
Employees join and leave companies. But a good exit will not only make the process less painful for everyone, it will also help to build your reputation as a responsible employee who always has the employer’s best interests at heart. Who knows, your extra effort might just earn you some recommendations on LinkedIn.