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 culture of the company.
Before tendering your resignation consider this article on being fired vs. resigning.
How might this have been foreseen? Networking is often cited. 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.
IDEA: See about setting a brief "touch point" discussion with their manager. About
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Fortune, "Half of us have have quit our job because of a bad boss
Benjamine Snyder, April 2, 2015
Forbes, "The 2 Things You Absolutely Must Do Before You Quit A Job You Hate
The Muse, September 1, 2016
Forbes, "Five Things To Do Before You Quit Your Job
Liz Ryan, September 25, 2015