So, remember when I shared that post about why it's important to present a handover note after resigning? It did generate some buzz! I received a lot of reactions in my inbox from some of you here.
Many of you had questions about what to do when your employer treats you poorly, while some even suggested that I address employers directly on this topic. Well, let me tell you, I had already planned on having a post about the employers about the whole resignation ordeal.
Now, here's the thing: no matter how your employer behaves when you decide to leave, I can't stress enough how crucial it is to maintain your professionalism.
Let me share a personal story to illustrate why I'm so adamant about this. Back in the day, when I was working in school administration, I resigned from my position following my contract. But, my employer didn't handle things well. I wasn’t paid for the entire month I had worked after submitting my resignation letter. It was quite disheartening, I won't lie.
However, despite all that, I didn't let their behaviour dictate mine. Nope, not me. Instead, I went the extra mile and wrote a comprehensive fifty-page handover note. I also took the initiative to train the incoming administrator for a whole month before I left. I know, I know, it may sound crazy, but I firmly believe in doing the right thing, no matter what.
And guess what? Five years later, that very same organisation came searching for me and even paid for my flight to train their staff. Can you believe it? It's now part of their records that I had the most outstanding handover note since the school's inception. Talk about leaving a lasting impression! It's something you definitely want to be known for.
But that's not all. Let me tell you about another experience I had as a school administrator. When I decided to move on, my employer tried to pull a fast one on me. They teamed up with another employee to smear my name and spread lies about me. Can you believe the audacity?
However, the truth eventually prevailed, and my innocence was proven. So, what's the moral of the story here? I still handed over properly, and again, it was on record that in the history of the school, no administrator had cared to send in a handover note after their resignation, and this was chiefly due to the poor attitude of the employer.
No matter what happens, no matter how your employer treats you, it's absolutely essential that you resign properly and maintain your professionalism. Don't just walk away without a care.
Take the time to craft a thorough handover note that covers all bases. And in my next post, I promise you that I'll be addressing the employers directly. I'll share some tips on how they can make the transition easier for outgoing staff, ensuring they can maintain their professionalism right up until their last day at work.
I truly hope this little story of mine has shed some light on why it's so crucial to handle resignations with grace and professionalism.
Remember, your actions speak volumes about your character, and you never know what opportunities may come knocking on your door in the future.
Stay professional, my friends, and until next time!
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