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Updated 05/21/2017

  When Good Gets Bad Fast

  A 2015, 7,200 workers were interviewed
  by Gallop. About half left a job to "get
  away from their manager". The second
  most cited reason in other surveys is the
  company culture. The sad part: some of
  these companies do not care.  

   Before tendering your resignation consider this article on being fired vs. resigning.

   3 Questions You Should Ask Before the Door Closes  |  Linkedin, Lisa Earle McLeod             03/10/2017

   9 Things That Make Good Employees Quit  |  Forbes, Dr. Travis Braderry                                        02/23/2016

    How might this have been foreseen? Networking is often cited or the lack of good networking getting
    the "real deal" inside story
. Talking to people in the company who will talk freely about managers,
    culture, policies, insurance benefits 
and recognition/compensation practices. But what is a person to
    do in this bad fix

   Some Corrective Options
    Managers who hold regular meetings, according to Gallup, are three times more likely to be engaged, feel
    involved in and enthusiastic about their jobs. Workers indicated a want to be in contact with bosses on a
    daily basis, and not just about sales targets and upcoming presentations: they want their manager to take
    an interest in their personal lives, too.

                See about setting a brief "touch point" discussion with their manager. About
54% of respondents
indicated "I feel I can approach my manager with any type of question" are actively engaged. A
                proportion that plummets to 24% of those who 
gave the next-highest rating. Roughly 25%
                of respondents
 said they did not feel 
comfortable bringing up personal matters with the boss.

                Employees who feel then can communicate openly tend to place deep trust in their bosses, said
                Jim Harter, Chief Scientist for Gallup's workplace and wellbeing research, adding those workers
                have "an element of certainty in the [supervisor-subordinate] relationship that's really powerful."

                Gallop indicates only 10% of managers display all five talents:
                  -  motivate their employees,
                  -  asset themselves to overcome obstacles,
                  -  create a culture of accountability,
                  -  build trusting relationships, and
                  -  make informed, unbiased decisions for the good of the team and company
                Gallop another 20% possess some of the traits which can be taught.

  If You Need To Resign
Before You Take A Definitive Resignation
  Can You Fix The Problem?
       Separation by Resignation, Termination or Layoff is never easy, rarely pleasant. Examine the pros
       and cons of your current position that really bothers you. Maybe this is one "killer whale" or it's a
       schools of pesky fish around you. Your true issue may be one of getting work consolidated
       especially where it is highly repeatable. Maybe you are a master at your job and it is now boring.
       Taking on newer challenges or more projects can help solve this for many. If you want a solution
       you can generally find one and discuss it with your management.

       You will need to create a plan for yourself and everyone who may become involved in you seek a
       "recovery plan" to avoid a resignation.

   If Not "Fixable", What Is Your Next Action?

Before You Quit Your Job

  1.  Plan the Announcement
         a)  Consider what your current responsibilities and projects are and who would be a good
              caretaker until a permanent replacement can be named. This shows an exit without hostility
              with concern efforts in progress.

         b)  Two weeks notice is typical so begin your timeline to execute and plan. Keep your records
              well documented. Some companies have been known to terminate you in retaliation for your
              disloyality creating a new issue as you seek your next job.
SOLUTION: Find your new job first!

  2.  What's Yours is Yours 
         Some companies over play their hand and insist everything be left at the office and they will
         determine what belongs to who. This is the quickest way to not see your things again. Personal
         files on your company computer should be removed as it's not wise to have them there anyway.
         Delete the files when they have been copied to a save place.

         Often friends, customers and vendors have become personal friends. Get the contact information
         saved for those people that are not 100% business.

         Some will put photos, music and other information on the company laptop, desktop, or storage
         which you need to secure and remove from the company's equipment.

         Trinkets, "swag" and other personal items should discreetly begin being taken home to avoid
         signaling something is happening. Some companies will take great steps to insure you are
         escorted out of the building then off company property by an armed guard with the same
         treatment of the common criminal.

         If you have any original documents on stock or other company commitments to you, get those
         out of the building ASAP. Some companies have denied the commitments were ever made and
         would only accept originals if copies exist. This can cost you thousands of dollars or more
         depending on value.

         Manager discussions on who will drive open efforts should be left up to the manager. They may
         have a totally different idea or never liked your approach which might have been their game to
         encourage your departure. Having an idea will show you care about the company and those
         taking over.

         Once you make your announcement, Management will often take control of the communications
         on your departure. Have your communication to all those who need to know and you want to
         know ready to roll before your management can control the situation. Don't let own the vision as
         rarely will be without bias or slant to help the company and nuts to you.

         Before "slamming the door", consider whether conditions could change to a point where
         returning may be worthwhile. The the problem is wide spread such company changes rarely take
         place without senior executive changes and they may be too busy to worry about little stuff for
         the first few years.

         Burning bridges may feel good but often you torch the entire community with the first
         casualty being yourself and your reputation. Always leave on good terms if possible. Employers
         are starting to question departures from some employers so have a viable statement but don't
         reveal everything that will be denied or laughed at by others in private conversations.

         Maintain an inventory list of what you left behind and where it was left. You may find claims of
         taking proprietary or confidential material. You will never be able to substantiate a negative (that
         you did not take it), but you can have a good clear document of what was left and where to
         deflate their claims.

              2 Things You Absolutely Must Do Before You Quit A Job You Hate
                                                                                                   | Forbes, The Muse                                                                      09/01/2016
                 As you can imagine, having to make hundreds of copies from something that’s
                 only saved in a binder is seriously frustrating, and the manual aspect of it was
                 weighing her down. So, she initiated a process to migrate as many documents
                 as possible to the computer (finally). And now? Well, she can just press “print.”
                 It’s a small change that’s made her job a whole lot better.

                 5 Things To Do Before You Quit Your Job  |  Forbes, Liz Ryan                                         09/25/2015
                 I remember my first stealth job search very well. My soon-to-be-boss, John,
                 had told me to call him on a Monday morning, and I did. I was an HR manager,
                 so luckily I had a private office from which to make the call.

                 9 Clear Signs It's Time to Quit Your Job  |  Ladders, Dr. Travis Bradberry                          03/02/2017
                 If you’re like most people, you spend more of your valuable waking hours at
                 work than you do anywhere else. It’s critical that you spend your time at the
                 right company, pursuing the right opportunity.
                 Bad management does not discriminate based on salary or job title. A Fortune
                 500 executive team can experience more dissatisfaction and turnover than the
                 baristas at a local coffee shop. The more demanding your job is and the less
                 control you have over what you do, the more likely you are to suffer. A study
                 by the American Psychological Association found that people whose work
                 meets both these criteria are more likely to experience exhaustion, poor sleep,
                 anxiety, and depression.

              What do Workers Want from The Boss
  |  Wall Street Journal, Lauren Webber                      04/02/2015
                 People don’t leave jobs, they leave managers.
 new report out Thursday from market research firm Gallup finds there’s still
                 plenty of truth in that old cliché. The survey of 7,200 adults found that about
                 half had left a job at some point “to get away from their manager.”
                 So, what do workers want from their managers? In a word, communication. 

                 Half of us have quit our job because of a bad boss  |  Fortune, Benjamine Snyder  04/02/2015
                 A new Gallup (2015) study released Thursday sheds new light on worker-manager
                 relationships, finding that about 50% of the 7,200 adults surveyed left a job "to get
                 away from their manager." 
Interestingly, slightly more than half of those surveyed
                 who gave the "highest agreement rating" to the statement “I feel I can approach my
                 manager with any type of question” are considered actively engaged in their work,
                 according to The Wall Street Journal, in a sign that manager openness may be tied
                 to worker productivity.

                 Sample Resignation Letters You Can Use  |, Laura Schneider               03/20/2017
If you've decided to leave your current job behind but aren't sure how to resign,
                  use the sample letters in this overview as guidance. Professionals are on the move
                  all the time. They spot opportunities and grab them before others do. The tech
                  industry, in particular, sees talent come and go, so writing a resignation letter is
                  very common in this field.

                       How to Handle Leaving Your Job  |, Alison Doyle                                          07/25/2016
When you leave your job, regardless of whether it’s your choice or your employer’s
                 decision, the details of your departure need to be finalized. You’ll need to give
                 notice if you’re resigning and schedule your last day on the job.
                 You’ll also need to plan your transition and consider employee benefits options,
                 like what to do with your 401k or pension, and leave on a graceful note if you can.
                 Here’s how to handle leaving your job, including tips for quitting a job, how to
                 handle getting fired, when you’ll get your last paycheck, how to say goodbye to
                 your co-workers, and how to manage your employee benefits transition.