Five ways to resign gracefully
Putting in your papers can sometimes be nerve-wracking. The guilt of leaving a company you’ve been associated with and fear of how the senior management will react, can be overwhelming. However, serving notice can be a breeze with the right attitude, and you can ensure your resignation is smooth and professional. ET tells you how to make a graceful exit.
1. Plan Ahead
Minimise the impact of your departure by wrapping up incomplete tasks and finishing ongoing projects. “Quitting at a critical stage in a project or in a phase where your need is high will be perceived as leaving in an unprofessional manner”, says Rishi Das, CEO of HirePro.Use the notice period to address pending requirements.
Keep the dialogue with your reporting manager open and honest, says Das. “Outline your reasons for leaving in a sensitive manner and don’t make any personal accusations.” Treat a counter offer with respect. “Maintain decorum because your resignation will reflect your future relations with the company,” says Joseph Devasia, managing director of Antal International, India.
The resignation letter should be sent after speaking to your senior. Keep it crisp, polite, and professional. “Mention a specific last day of work to make the process easier,” recommends Devasia. “Choose the right words to communicate concerns and clarifications,” says Das.
Boasting to colleagues about the great new place you’re joining will leave behind a negative impression, says Das. “If your departure is imminent, resist the urge to show off, and steer clear of talking down to your company and colleagues.”
Any employee who makes a graceful exit and minimises the impact of departure will always keep doors open for return, feels Das. “Stay in touch with excolleagues over social media and in person to the extent possible,” he says. “During the exit interview, mention that you are open to exploring opportunities in the future with the organisation,” says Devasia.