12 August 2016

It pays to resign quietly

Cynthia Nantalo made a decision to resign from her communications job. Little did she know that during meetings behind closed doors, the managers were already lining her up for firing.

She changed her mind later on after submitting her resignation but incidentally, it was impossible for the manager to cancel her resignation.

Like Nantalo, a number of employees have had a hard time leaving their jobs because of the uncertain future and the fear of making the wrong decision.

Reasons such as relocation, career growth and better job opportunities among others make resignation inevitable. But at times many employees fail to perhaps due to the attachment they have to their current jobs. “If the grass is greener on the other side and you are sure you have mastered the art at your current job, then there no is need to fear moving on or resigning,” says Willington Sekadde, a programmes officer at Raising Voices.

Resigning diplomatically
For whatever reason one chooses to resign, it should be done diplomatically since your professional history is as important as the current and future. Therefore give notice.

“When you have weighed all options and zeroed on resigning as the way forward, do it quietly and only give your employer a notice if you can, which is usually two weeks before your resignation,” says Rosette Birungi, a senior human resources officer at Uganda Technology and Management University.

According to the employment Act, workers are meant to give a 15-days’ notice of termination if they have been working for less than a year.

Refrain from telling workmates
“Do not tell co-workers about your resignation until your boss is aware. Sometimes, discussing with your peers may lead you into sharing personal or negative feelings against your boss or staff which will surely be revealed later on and upset parties involved,” Nixon Ochatre advises.

Ochatre, the executive director of Private Education Development Network, says it is important for one to resign without making so much noise about it and letting everyone one know.

“Ensure you do not leave any dirty marks behind because you never know, you could bump into the same old boss where you are heading or during your job hunt. Therefore, be careful how you close the door. Never bang it because you may need to walk through the same door tomorrow,” he adds.

Write a formal resignation letter
Resignation letters are a formal way of stating why you are leaving. Therefore, the same politeness and courtesy you used while applying for the job should be deployed when writing a resignation letter.

“…because how you resign can definitely impact your employment elsewhere,” Birungi says, noting that: “Even when you are leaving the job on bad terms, it is important to write a polite and professional letter, giving reasons as to why you are leaving. Above all, leave out any negative reasons or differences.”

For instance, she says, you could be relocating or going to pursue other opportunities, grow your career or upgrade in education, so it would be useful to give details of such specifics.

Additionally, when you resign, leave because there is no point hanging around an office after you had shown intention of leaving. Otherwise you could land in unforeseen trouble.

The benefits
Important to note though, is whenever you resign diplomatically, experts say it will be easy to discuss your benefits such as pension rights and any other that you are entitled to as an employee.
But beyond the financial benefits, you could need a recommendation letter that could be useful in your career journey.

Moving on diplomatically will enable you keep in touch with supervisors, workmates, bosses and mentors and it is very likely that you will meet them in your networks.


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