After the festive period, employees tend to take new resolutions which often involve changing job. Whatever your reason for leaving, and regardless of how stressed or excited you are, it’s always important to resign in a calm, calculated and diplomatic manner. Here are a few tips on how assistants should resign.
Be clear about why you’re leaving
It’s difficult to know how your employers will react. Indeed, it’s a situation that can show you a different side to someone you may think you know very well.
So, what you need to focus on is being clear about why you’re leaving. If your employers are surprised, angry or emotional, don’t panic; calmly and logically explain your reasons.
As a PA or EA, you know the importance of maintaining good relationships with everyone you meet, and especially everyone you work for. So, when you resign, emphasise the things you’ve enjoyed. A bit of positivity from you will help to secure a positive reference.
Be professional in your resignation letter
Make sure your letter is succinct, grammatically correct, and follows the usual conventions. Make sure you include:
- The name of the person it’s addressed to
- When your notice is effective from
- Your signature
Be open and honest, not underhanded
It’s tempting to stealthily drop your notice into your boss’ office just before you head home, but you’ll achieve far more respect by handing it to your boss face-to-face at the beginning of the day.
This also ensures you don’t give the impression of guilt; you need to be assured and confident.
Be diplomatic about your notice period
An inevitable discussion will ensue regarding your notice period and remaining holiday. You may have an idea of what this should be, and that may differ from what your employer says. Check it carefully and don’t be pushed into anything you’re unhappy with. Equally, don’t be unreasonable – you don’t want to leave on a sour note.
Be prepared for a counter-offer
If you’re leaving primarily for a higher salary, think carefully about what you would want from your current employer, should they offer you more money.
Take into account the impact of accepting a counter-offer too. Your current employers may view you differently as a result of this process, and your relationship may change. Plan ahead and get an understanding of what you want and how you’ll react in every eventuality.
With good preparation and a professional approach, you’ll be able to resign with your reputation and dignity intact.