Four tips for resigning with style

 Since March 2020, very few employees have dared to leave their jobs due to the uncertain times linked to the pandemic. With the recovery, we could witness what Professor Anthony Klotz of A&M University in Texas recently dubbed the “Great Resignation”. 

Closer to home, nearly 35% of Quebecers are thinking of changing their jobs or have already taken the plunge. If you are part of the wave and plan to hand in your resignation soon, here are some tips for doing so tactfully and professionally.


  1. Go for transparency

Don’t base your decision to leave on assumptions. Would you like to have your working time better organized, the option of remote work, or a review of your tasks, but you expect this to be refused? Ask for it anyway. Be honest and explain that certain conditions are essential to your happiness at work. You might be surprised. So take the time to research what has been offered you before finally throwing in the towel. 


  1. Prepare yourself mentally

Have you made your? Now you need to announce it. Prepare as you would for a job interview. Keep your reasons for leaving in mind so that you can articulate them clearly and constructively. They might make you a counter-offer. Be prepared. Is your decision irreversible? Are there any proposals that could make you change your mind? 


  1. Announce your departure

The first person to notify: your supervisor. The best way to do it is verbally, ideally in person, but by videoconference if that isn’t possible. Not by email, messaging or voice message. Be honest. What you say could possibly help your colleagues who stay on. This conversation is also part of your manager’s training. It is recommended to give two weeks’ notice, although this is not required by labour standards. 


  1. Focus on consistency… and caution

Make sure that your words and actions are consistent with the values and goals that prompt you to leave your position. Leave your files and projects in order. In any discussions with your manager, colleagues or Human Resources (in the event of an exit interview), keep your professionalism.  This is not the time to settle old accounts. It’s to your advantage to part on good terms. We’re coming out of a year and a half that no one could have predicted and no crystal ball can tell us what the recovery will be like.  


Author: Caroline Bouffard

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