Dear friends,
It is often that an employee is caught totally unawares when he/she is asked to put in his/her papers and quit. This is the time when all goes berserk and he/she leaves in a huff. I have listed below the actions to be done as soon as you come to know that you are likely to be quitting (for whatever reason) is as follows:
1. Start discreetly reaching out to your network.
2. Prepare your spouse
3. Investigate your company’s severance policy
4. Begin taking possession of your personal belongings, personal files and e-mail addresses.
5. Update your resume.
6. Re-establish ties with executive recruiters.
7. Use websites to help you explore HR job opportunities and produce job leads.
8. Hold off on long-term financial commitments
9. Use your employee benefits, before you lose them.
The list above, by no means, is sacrosanct but will surely give you a fair idea and may be save an embarrassment. Please let me have your kind views.
Sincere regards

From India, Mumbai
Workplace Assessment And Training
V. Balaji
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Sharmila Das

Dear Mr. Sandeep,
Nicely you have delve into checking behaviour while approaching that "quitting" stage. You've forgotten a bit of other details on the birds-eye-view -
- Considering a leave of absence to travel
- Decide to gather data from the company as much as possible
- Commotion in routine/daily schedule at office
- If difficult colleagues add to such a work environment that is very much valid to pick -up a fight/ out down papers on the spot.
My opinion:- Despite the fact that even if one behaves in such terms, the envision of that employee after quitting will have impact on the colleagues and management which will follow life time. Besides, thinking or working this method will not only make the person restless but it persuades the boss to coax the employee into staying for a longer notice period.

From India, Visakhapatnam

Dear Ms. Das,
Thanks for your little note but if you please notice carefully some of the points that you have cited as not included are very much there, such as employee benefits, gathering details-of course you will agree that one can take his personal data only and not the official data.
Wishing everyone a splendid day !!
Sandeep Sharma

From India, Mumbai
Dear Mr. Sharma, Thanks. I think one thing you have missed out is "performance" should the employee continue the same performance he/she has been doing in the past till exit or take it casually.
From India, Gurgaon
V. Balaji

Ms. Sharmila Das,

I have different view on "gathering as much information as possible" from the company. I do not know why someone has to carry information of one company to others? Not required. If you/we are well equipped and well groomed, I do not think carrying of any material/ information is necessary.

I remember my school day lesson "Tempest" at this point of time, necleus of which is reproduced here: Tempest was a well known poet and novelist was travelling in a ship with other people. Due to heavy storm, the ship had trouble to sail and it started sinking. All passengers were sure that the very survival was going to to be difficult. Co-passengers started gathering their valuables and took with them those items and jumped into the sea. While everyone were in panic and started jumping off the ship, Tempest was standing atop and watching all these. A man approached and asked him, whether he was not collecting his valuables and getting ready to jump off. He replied nonchalantly, "my valuables are here (showing his head - meaning he had the skill to script any novel, poetry, play, etc.), and I do not require to carry anything". Finally Tempest too jumped off the ship and reached the shore, while some of them could not swim with those heavy luggages and perished half way.

So also, the HR people. Knowledge is Power. Powerful person is Knowledgeable person. As long as you are powerful (HR person), you are not required to carry any information from the current company

Secondly, once it is sure that you want relinquish or company does not want you, there is no point in criticizing or talking anything ill of anyone. Simply quit. That is the best way to adress the current scenario.

No one can take away someone's legitimate credit. Even if you are denied in the current company, God will provide you what you deserve to get. Hence you do not require to be very keen in those benefits.

V. Balaji

V. Balaji

From India, Madras

Afternoon Sattyya !

Many thanks !

What I would like to very respectfully submit is the fact that in the last analysis you have is to be friends with yourself twenty-four hours of the day. A situation like ‘LEAVING AN ORGANISATION’ must be treated like a SITUATION ONLY. Sometimes in such situations one tends to slow down or become casual, sometimes your own colleagues say at least take it easy now, sometimes your own friends criticize you and sometimes self-criticism takes a grip on your actions. Acting on any kind of criticism is never good………………

But what I also feel, if you run counter to others now and then, you will have enemies, and life would become unbearable if you thought about it all of the time, so you have to ignore what people say or even your negative thoughts. Sometimes it may be unjust and bring the individual a certain amount of bitterness especially on the note such as exit, but I think any sensible person soon learns to recover from the bitterness and to ignore the cruelty and unjust done to him.

To spend your life, however, thinking about "what will be said if you continue working with same zeal and vigour till your last day," would result in a completely unprofitable and embittering existence. Since one of the important things that a professional can do to be helpful in life, is to be cheerful, it would indeed be foolish to dwell upon the criticism of those who can know little about you, who do not take the trouble to verify their facts, and who frequently have ulterior motives for the things which they say or write.

Do not be bothered by or act in a diplomatic manner by what people say as long as you are sure that you are doing what seems right to you, but be sure that you face yourself honestly.

After all friendship with oneself is all important because without it, one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.

Kind regards

Sandeep Sharma

From India, Mumbai

Dear Sandeep,
Please avail all your vacations and vaction Money if you have. Though they have asked you to resing give one month notice to take your full end of service. Mention in the notice since you have aksed me to resign, I expect my full end of service benefits, slares and beniefits. Let the HR accept on it and you hold a copy of the same. It will avoid any descripences while signing off and help you while collecting all the settlements. It will not apply on a sudden terminations.
Best Regards,

From Saudi Arabia, Riyadh

Might I respectfully suggest that no-one should ever be caught off-guard when it comes to leaving a company - whether by your choice or management's choice.

None of us, anywhere, has any right to expect a job for life. The world changes. We need to be prepared for that. We might decide to leave for something better, the organisation may be sold and new management take over, the organisation may just collapse and go out of business. None of these scenarios should come as a surprise to anyone. They happen every single day.

You should always be prepared for that eventuality.

1. Network and maintain contacts all the time, not just when you need a job.

2. ALWAYS keep an up-to-date copy of your CV in your bottom drawer. You never know when an golden opportunity will come.

3. Keep personal stuff to a minimum at work. In some organisations you can be escorted off the premises with no time to collect personal things.

4. ALWAYS keep an bank account specifically for an emergency fund of 3-6 months living expenses and continue to build that fund.

5. Maintain accurate records of your entitlements, leave etc, and verify periodically with HR, so you know your position at any point in time.

6. Make sure you have accurate up-to-date information about notice periods, bonds etc.

7. Always make sure you keep all company owned material, laptops, phones etc together so it can be easily returned.

8. If it can be avoided, never have any company information, files etc at your home. Keep work and home SEPARATE at all times.

9. ALWAYS be very vigilant about any issues involving conflict of interest. They can come home to bite you later.

10. Above all, no matter what the circumstance of leaving is, hold your head up high, maintain your dignity, and never bad mouth the previous employer, no matter how badly they treated you.

From Australia, Melbourne

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