Is Resignation Really the Answer?
Considering resignation? Deciding to resign from your job is a huge decision, and before making a rash decision, you should consider all of your options and their consequences. Asking these questions will help you make an informed decision.
Why do I want to leave?
The first step in the decision process is understanding why you want to resign. Amongst the top cited reasons for employee resignation are toxic workplace culture, inadequate flexibility, and salary freezes. Before deciding to pull the plug – be sure you know the specific reason why.
Can the problem be fixed?
Until you acknowledge the issue, your employer likely has no idea there is one. Believe it or not, mind-reading is not a requirement for employers. Assuming they know your every concern without you having to address it is counterproductive. If you’re having a problem, address your employer to see if it can be rectified. Employees have unprecedented leverage at this time to reasonably discuss working conditions, growth opportunities, and flexibility. Patience will be required from both sides and if you cannot reach a solution, a job search seems appropriate.
Can I financially support myself until I find a new job?
We always recommend securing a new position prior to resigning from your current role, but there will be instances when that’s not possible. If you already have a job offer outstanding, it makes the decision to quit your job much easier to make. You don’t have to worry about financial stability or the pressures of starting a job search. However, if you don’t have a job lined up, you have other things to consider.
If you quit your job without good cause, you won’t be eligible for unemployment. Consider looking at your savings, and budgeting out what you have. How far could you stretch it, and how would that affect your lifestyle?
Can I tolerate this job until I find another?
Not being actively employed makes you a less attractive candidate to a potential employer. There will be questions about why you aren’t currently working, and many of the assumptions made won’t be good ones. It’s also possible that you may not be able to sustain your lifestyle with no stream of steady income. Also, you shouldn’t let it get to the point of being SO unhappy that you cannot stand to be there any longer – be proactive.
How will quitting affect my work relationships?
Resigning from your job without notice can certainly burn bridges, and you already know how small of a world we live in. People talk, and having a strong network is always a valuable tool, especially when you are job searching.
If you can make a graceful exit and still stay on good terms with your coworkers, it can be hugely beneficial. However, it’s not always possible to salvage those relationships if you’re leaving a toxic work environment. If you do decide to leave, do your best to preserve the relationships you formed.
For further assistance with your job search or your search for qualified candidates, please call (518) 275-4816.
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