Getting a job might not have been easy for you, but leaving it in a very diplomatic way is surely an uphill task. There can be many reasons for you resigning from a job. A better pay scale, new environment, challenging work or may be the new work place is near your house or the shift timings are suitable for you, which allows you to spend quality time with your family. The list is endless. But, leaving a settled job is always a troubled task. On one hand you have to take care of the relations or friendships that you have made over the years and on the other hand you are just one step away from a better future. At times it feels like you’re stuck between the rock and a hard place.
Things can become alright once you know how to handle things in a very systematic and diplomatic way. The feeling of being successful and looking for greener pastures is always a challenging one. It is tough to leave a place with which you have become attached not only with colleagues but also with the working environment. While working in a certain place, there comes a feeling of stagnancy after some time especially if a job is not letting you use your potential as a professional. Sometimes there is little or no freedom to harness your capabilities. At such times, even if the workplace is congenial but the atmosphere has to be changed.
There are places where professionals are underpaid and made to work like mules. It becomes frustrating and annoying to give your talent to non yielding, energy drenching job. It destroys your creativity and your ability as a professional. It is hence important to look for a job profile that suits your pocket and interest at the same time.
Your way of talking and conduct just before resigning can determine how you will be remembered. There are different ways to resign diplomatically from a job.
1. Be Loyal:
The dawn of a new job or an opportunity to have one does not mean that you can take your job in the company casually. An honest and a loyal person remain like that irrespective of the situation. You can still be loyal and work properly for the company. By staying calm and having a gentleman approach can help you to earn a good name. If your attitude becomes casual and your approach very weak, then you can be assured of being remembered for wrong reasons.
2. Be Normal:
Don’t blow your own trumpet. You can be normal at your workplace. You work normally, meet people there normally, and eat with them normally. You don’t have to show them that there is something different or new that is going to happen. You can either make fuzz about this thing or you can act normally and enjoy the limited time that you have with your friends and colleagues.
3. Be Professional:
Always act professional. Whether you are leaving a job or working there or thinking of switching a job. Always maintain the decorum of the company so that you leave behind a good mark. Do not gossip or talk behind anyone’s back because that will tarnish your image. A professional approach will help you get along well with them even outside office.
4. Follow the Procedure:
Resigning requires a proper procedure. A systematic approach has to be taken while quitting from your job. Point No. 5 to 9 below describes the full procedure you must follow while leaving your current job:
5. Talk to the HR
Talking to the HR will educate you about the necessary steps that you have to take following your decision to resign. Telling them about your new job and the procedure to quit this job will ensure that proper steps were taken.
6. Talk to your boss
Informing your boss about the resignation can be a difficult task, especially if you are holding an important position in the company. It is better that you keep your boss informed about the progress towards your new job, so that they look for someone to fill the space. Writing an application and meeting your boss face-to-face will speak a lot about your personality. Rather than informing him/ her over phone or through a third person, a professional approach will help you to earn respect in the eyes of your boss. By doing this, you will be maintaining your integrity and leave a good impression.
7. Exit Interview
This is an important part of resignation. It involves you talking openly about your reasons of leaving and how was your experience working in the company. It is usually taken by the HR manager. Remember to be honest and speak your mind, in a way which doesn’t hurt the other person. They might ask you some negative points of the company answer the questions thoughtfully and maintain your dignity.
8. Be Honest
Nothing can replace honesty. Make sure you give the right reasons for quitting the job and do not play around with words. When talking to your colleagues, tell them the truth and leave a mark of grace and be earnest.
It is never wise to make decision in haste. Always weigh the pros and cons when leaving the company. If you have any issues regarding the pay scale or job profile or the work environment, talk to the HR or to your boss about it. Those issues may be resolved and there will be no need for quitting the job. The key is to be honest and polite at the same time.
10. Break the News:
As you follow the procedures to ensure a diplomatic approach to your resigning from the job, it becomes very important for you to break the news to your office friends and other colleagues. People whom you have worked with become a part of your daily life and you become a part of their’s. Telling it to them would be a nice thing as you own some kind of responsibility towards them also. While telling them about the resignation, keep the following things in mind;
- Be humble
- Don’t make them feel jealous
- Don’t make them feel as if they are stuck in that place
- Do not provoke them to switch jobs
- Do not talk negative or back-bite about the boss or the company.