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Think Before You Quit

Here Are Some Points To Note When You Resign From Your Current Position

  • Do make the transition as easy and smooth as possible. Do offer to help to train your replacement.
  • Do leave a detailed progress report of the assignments/cases you are handling for your supervisor/successor.
  • Thank your current employer for the opportunities he has given you to gain experience. No one held you at gunpoint to stay with the current employer this long. It was a voluntary decision you made to work for him. So do not blame the employer for the decision you have taken to leave the company.
  • Maintain good relations with your boss. He may bet the best referee you can get for your job performance in the current company.
  • Your integrity, loyalty and honesty should never be questionable.
  • Do not slack off.
  • Do not pass negative remarks about your current employer.
  • Do not "go missing" or disappear during your last few weeks on the job.
  • Do stay a productive member of the team.
  • Do not sabotage your current employer by, for example, deleting files from the company server or poaching customers.
  • Avoid aligning yourself with discontented employees.
  • Do not take any proprietary information. Just because you created it does not mean that you own it.

The most important thing to remember when writing your letter of resignation is to be professional. Write a short, polite and professional letter stating your intention to leave. Make sure you thank your immediate supervisor and the company for the opportunities you had working for them. End your letter on a positive note.

Think Like A Business Owner, Not A Worker

Take ownership of your job and feel motivated. As you sometimes face uncertainty in your career and life, there is a tendency to think that your effort and the work that you do does not quite satisfy your true abilities. This is the paradox that you are confronted with. What are your true abilities?

The world we live in today has undergone rapid and disruptive changes. New ideas, a new work philosophy and new creeds are replacing the old ones. This means that your employability and survival in your organisation is based on your ability to take ownership of what you are doing. Even if you are employed by someone else, you are as much the owner of the company as your employer is.

When you take ownership, you internalise your job and become energised in what you do. In an organisation, people are often simply running around doing things the right way. They are efficient but not really effective. They keep to organisational protocols and practices but do not question their validity or the need to change. After a period, a general state of inertia sets in.

This is when you start questioning your values and whether you are doing the right thing by staying put or moving on. Doing something else might be a step in the right direction. The traditional idea of long- term employability is being challenged today. Many organisations are now offering shorter contract terms to their employees so that they have the option of selecting and keeping those workers who are an asset to the organisation.

This creates a sense of uncertainty, as you are not sure whether you will be wanted after your contract runs out. If you are keen to stay on and you feel that you can be an asset to your organisation, what you need to do is change your paradigm from the traditional "I work for the organisation" to one where you see that "the organisation is working for me". You should see yourself as the owner, regardless of what role you play in the workplace. Here are 5Rs that will help you to take ownership of your life and career, and feel a sense of personal achievement.

  • Responsibility
  • Reliability
  • Resoluteness
  • Resourcefulness, and
  • Re-learning and re-thinking.

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