Quitting a job without burning the bridge is an art in itself. Whether you have another job in hand, or you simply want to quit the organization, you have to have a valid point in either case. However, one has to be very careful when explaining the boss that you are leaving. A slight miscommunication, can cause a damage which is irrevocable and you would leave the organization with a sour memory and your character and performance will all be washed out at one go, just because of a slight mistake from your end. Also, your immature behaviour will end up getting you your walking papers, instead of you quitting, which can leave a negative impact, like you might not get your relevant documents, getting a job in other companies will become difficult.
SO to avoid this entire crisis to occur, you have to leave the organization gracefully and with confidence and keeping your boss in loop, at the same time, in good terms with your boss. How to explain to your boss about the same:
- Written resignation: Ideally, some companies have a procedure of submitting a written resignation or via Email. SO draft a proper mail about your resignation and do not mention anything which can leave a doubt or will make them feel that your resignation is due to official reason (even if it is).
- Confidential: They say never ever disclose your salary with your colleagues. Likewise, unless and until you are not sure, never discuss your resignation to any of your closest co-workers. Because, if one person gets to know, it spreads like a fire and even before you telling your boss, he might already know it through someone else. SO you do not want that to happen. Keep it top secret and let your boss be the first person to know about the same and only when approved by your manager, you can disclose it.
- One on one discussion: You might want to have a one on one discussion with your boss to explain the reasons. Also, arrange the meeting as per their convenience and don’t be in a hurry. Only when your boss would be free, he/she would be able to be all ears with you.
- Proper reason: You should be able to furnish proper reason of your quitting the organization. You can’t give naive reasons like I am not well that’s why I can’t come. You have to furnish proper doctor’s certificate about the same. SO if you have a proof for the reason of your resignation. You boss will trust you and leaving on a trust is always beneficial for you and the employer.
- Serve a proper notice period: Whatever reason you have given for your resignation, if you serve a proper notice period, that will leave a good impact, at the same time, it will be beneficial for your next employment and you can leave without burning the bridge. SO as per the company policies, serve your notice and leave gracefully, instead of fighting to relieve you immediately.
You can also arrange for a replacement and give a smooth transition, this will impress your boss even more and this will leave a feeling that you are genuinely concerned about the company and will relieve you smoothly.
Remember, your professional relationship with your manager, will help you in your further employments and any slight rift between the two can leave a bad impact on your career. SO anything is going to affect your future and your employment. SO be very careful when explaining the reason for your resignation. Also, any organization you have worked with helps you in building a vast network and directly or indirectly, they help in your future endeavours. SO keeping that in mind, try to be in good terms with your boss even after quitting the job. SO all in all, you can make your resignation smooth and easy, if you handle it carefully with your boss.
They say, never let go a great and deserving employee from your organization. It is equally heartbreaking for an employer to lose a rock star of the organization. When your business is growing, you rely on some of the best performers and would always want to retain that employee. But it is their personal choice and you can never stop an employee from leaving the organization if he/she has a genuine reason to leave.
Sam has been a best performer throughout his career and that made him very popular. When he got a great opportunity, his employer couldn’t imagine letting go of a good employee. But, he was a great person as well and he left the organization with great memories. He was a trendsetter and it became difficult for the employer to hire someone with equally well or more talent, because he became a benchmark for the employer.
Having said that, though this is a hard decision, but one has to take it and move on. The employers survive this loss all the time and they move on over a period of time. Following are the points which will help you either cope with it or help retain the best employee:
- Respect their decision: I know this would be hard, because your heart will bleed losing an employee who, you feel, is the soul of the organization. But remember, they have not signed a bond with you to stay for a lifetime. If they find better opportunities or role, they are bound to leave the organization. So Always, respect their decision and try to put you in their shoes.
- Find out the reason: There may be reason which the employee doesn’t want to reveal which could be harassment or politics or any other reason inside the organization. Try to probe them as a friend and find out the reason for quitting. If it is not related to office, then don’t force them to reveal their personal problems, instead try and understand their situation.
- Try to convince them: As an HR, it is your realm to retain every employee. So, you know this is one of the best employees your organization has and you would definitely want to retain the best of talents. So try to convince them.
- Appreciate their work: When an employee is leaving an organization, as a gesture of respect appreciate their work. And let them know how precious an asset he was for the company and assure them that you will always vouch for them in their future endeavors.
- Let them know they can be rehired: Assure your employee that at any point in time, if they want to come back, you would be more than happy to re-hire such talent in any stage of life.
- Start your hiring process: As soon as you come to know that your employee is leaving, start the hiring process and try to get a similar talent in order to fill the gap.
So, all in all, a difficult decision has to be taken, but one has no choice but to accept the truth and let go the best of employees from your organization. Take it as a challenge and try to hire more of such talents and don’t let the growth of your company affect, if any employee quits the organization.
Planning to take a break from work, Is it the right time to do so and what is the difference between taking a break and sabbatical? Well sabbatical is nothing but a leave taken from the routine work which is also used interchangeably to taking a break. There could be many reasons of taking a sabbatical like stress, work pressure, health issues so on and so forth. Some employers provide a “sabbatical policy” wherein the person is given a maximum duration to go for a leave and then join the company. Employers have taken an initiative provide this facility in order to retain the employees at the same time giving them the leeway to take a sabbatical. However, if your company doesn’t have a sabbatical policy, the only option you are left with is to resign and start afresh after a break.
We will discuss about the same in both the scenarios, which is if the policy is there and if the policy is not there. When you are planning to take a sabbatical there are certain things that has to be kept in mind:
- When to rejoin: When you are given a leeway, you should not take advantage of the same. And keep your manager posted about your rejoining. Where you have resigned from the job, you have to be still more vigilant on how many days of break have you taken and this gap shouldn’t be a hindrance in your career growth. So a reasonable amount of breaks has to be taken and then start your process of job search immediately.
- Reason for the leave: In either case, one has to have a proper reason to explain, why he/she is taking a break from work. If the reason is not genuine enough, the employer has a prerogative to cancel the leave. However, in the other case as well, Once you plan to come back from leave and join another company, you have to have a proper reason to explain why the gap and the reason of taking the same.
- Duration of sabbatical: In the former case, the companies have a stipulated duration of sabbatical policy and the employee has to abide by the rules. But, in the latter case, you have to monitor your leaves on your own. Because if the duration is too long, the chances of you getting back into any job will become less. Because, no company accepts a major gap in a career. And you have to have a genuine reason to prove your point. With a working Mother, the sabbatical can be more advantageous and they have a reason to prove.
- Furnish documents where required: There could be health reason for the sabbatical, so make sure you maintain all the documents of the same and furnish at the time of rejoining or joining a new company. Without relevant medical documents, no company accepts your reason for the leave and that again could be a problem in your career.
- Leave on a positive note: If you are going for a sabbatical from the company or otherwise, always make it a point to leave on good terms and positive note. In case you are resigning the job, you still stand a chance to rejoin when you get back from leave. And so reassure you boss that this is purely due to personal or medical reasons and you would love to rejoin the company post the break, if given a chance.
So, a sabbatical if followed in a proper manner can be a breakthrough in your career, because research shows that when an employee gets back to work from a leave or break, he becomes productive and this in turn helps in their career growth.