Even the best employer has employees resign. No matter your work environment or your positive employee relationships, employees resign for reasons that are beyond your control. They resign for new jobs and better opportunities. They resign to return to school or move across the country. They resign because they want more money than you can afford to pay. Whatever the reasons employees resign, these are the recommended procedures for employers to follow when employees resign.
When Employees Resign
Employees will often tell their boss first that they resign from their job. The boss needs to tell the employee that the first step in the resignation process is to send a letter of resignation to the Human Resources office. This triggers all of the end of employment events necessary in an employment termination. The boss needs to contact HR immediately to plan for a replacement employee.
No matter how desirable your company is as an employer, employees resign. Employees resign for many right reasons - and occasionally, for wrong reasons, too. Employees move to be closer to family when they decide to start a family because they want to live close to a support group to help raise their children. Employee spouses or partners accept outstanding job offers or medical residencies that are out-of-state.
Employees resign because they receive job offers that will catapult their careers when similar opportunities are unavailable in your firm. Employees resign to leave bad bosses – though shame on you, if you allow this resignation to occur. These are all positive reasons why employees resign. They may not be as positive for the employer. Here's how to handle the details when an employee resigns.
Following your receipt of the employee's official resignation letter, work with the employee's supervisor to make certain that the employee's last two weeks remain positive and contributing. If the employee has provided the standard and expected two weeks' notice, you have ample time to wrap up the employee's job.
You will also want to work on:
- planning the recruitment for the replacement employee,
- holding an exit interview with the terminating employee, and
- accomplishing each activity on the employment ending checklist.
Employment resignation can be managed so that you minimize the impact of the loss of the employee on your work flow and work environment. Handled effectively, the exiting employee leaves knowing that he or she has contributed and added value during their time in your employment.
Encourage the employee's department to hold a recognition and farewell event for the employee before his or her last day. Follow your standard procedures in your employment ending checklist for the employee's last day.
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