How to Resign Professionally and Maintain Positive Relationships

How to Resign Professionally and Maintain Positive Relationships

Resigning from a job is a difficult decision that can have an impact on both you and your employer. However, it is sometimes necessary to leave a job when you are not getting what you want. If you decide to resign, it is important to do so gracefully and professionally. This will not only reflect well on you, but it will also increase your chances of getting a good recommendation from your employer and colleagues.

Here are some factors to consider if you want to resign gracefully:

  1. Be positive: Maintaining a positive mindset when resigning is essential. Communicate your reasons for leaving positively and respectfully, focusing on the skills you have learned and the positive relationships you have built rather than negative experiences.
  2. Inform your employer: You should notify your supervisor first about your decision to resign. It is best to inform them in person, but if this is not possible, you can do so via phone call or email. Express your appreciation for the opportunity to work with them and the experience you gained, state the reason for leaving politely, inform them of the date you wish to leave, and offer to help the company transition in your absence.
  3. Make it official: Submit your resignation letter before or immediately after informing your supervisor of your decision to resign. Your resignation letter should contain a proper statement of your resignation, the agreed last date of your employment, your sincere appreciation to your employer for the job and experience gained, and a possible suggestion on who could take over your position.
  4. No slacking: The period before your last day at the job is your notice period. Maintain work ethics and ensure that you deliver all the tasks that are still in progress. Organize your documents in a way that will make the handover of work easier for whoever is taking over.


And most important, is to make sure to separate company files and devices from your personal property before your last day of work. Return the company's properties in your possession, like laptops, vehicles, smartphones, stationary, etc. All devices should be cleared of all your personal information and returned in the condition in which you’ve gotten them. Remember that company property is not personal property.

When resigning, it is important to consider the impact of your decision on yourself, your employer, and your colleagues. Resignation should be a properly planned decision, and the way you resign is just as important as the decision to resign itself. By following the factors listed above, you can resign gracefully and professionally, and hopefully, leave on a good note with your coworkers and employers. Remember that your career path moves in mysterious ways, and you may have to work with your employer again in the future. Wishing you the best of luck as you make the best decision for yourself.

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