When waking up in the mornings becomes a struggle, sometimes this signals a time in your life where you need to take a step back and assess what is happening in your life and what could be making you feel this way.

Many times, the issue behind such negative feelings is that your days have become monotonous and non-rewarding, which might just mean your job is the culprit.

There are many ways to resign from your job, some of which may be easier for you regarding your circumstances. The traditional way to resign is to notify your employer ahead of time and write a formal resignation letter and it is recommended to have a new place of work prior to resigning.

Let’s take a look at all the factors beneath the idea of resigning and how to do it.

Find your reason

Before going through the resignation process, you should first think about why you should quit. Signs of maybe needing to resign are reduced productivity, worsened sense of self, less energy, less motivation, no passion for what you are doing, and so on. If things worsen, make sure to consult with a mental health professional.

So what other reasons could there be for you to quit apart from your feelings on your current job?

If you found a new job, that is nothing to feel ashamed about. If you are working towards switching jobs and quitting your previous one, make sure you have your new job offer confirmed so you can have an ensured transition to your new workplace. You should also clean out your space at your previous workplace and if need be, leave with an empty laptop or computer.

Hating your job can come from a multitude of reasons, ranging from having to work in a space that is filled with negativity, such as bad coworkers, or having to adjust to schedules when you simply aren’t cut out for that sort of thing. This might be another reason as to why you would like to quit, just make sure to come up with a strategy for your departure.

Another reason as to why you might want or need to quit is due to illness. Unfortunately, these things happen and if you or a family member is suffering from an illness, it is a fair reason to resign from your job if you cannot get sick leave.

If you are planning on reigniting your flame with academia, in other words going back to school, a job change or a scheduling change might be your best option, since certain jobs require you to be in full time.

Amongst the countless reasons why, sometimes it is simply your feeling at your workplace that puts you off of this path you have chosen and pulls you towards the next one, and that is perfectly fine.

The process of quitting

There are many ways one can go about resigning from their job.

Make sure you have a new place of work before taking any of the steps below. This entails you having a start date at your new place of work, finalized personal entry details such as proper identification and bank accounts,  as well as actually having responded to the offer they gave you.

The first step one should take at their now previous workplace is to notify their superiors ahead of time, allowing for a good period where the paperwork can be done and for everything to go smoothly. The question of how to formally give your two-week notice can only go smoothly if you truly give yourself enough time and poise during your exit.

There is usually a given period of notice written in your employment contract, so use that as a guide.

Formal resignation letters allow for professional exits without necessarily having to go in for those recommended two weeks, be that due to health or demotivation. When doing so, make sure to make it clear to your superior that you are still ready to help during your leave to allow for a smooth and professional exit.

You should make sure with your superiors that they have a way of reshaping the team to fit the lack of your presence in their workforce, by either having a substitute employee already or a way of dispersing the responsibilities you previously had between each member.

You may be asking what resignation letters look like, and they classically are a printed sheet of paper with a professionally written text on your departure, given to your boss personally. Nowadays, we can write emails or texts to resign without even having to go in.

Now, whilst you are there you might want to save any files you think you might need in your future into your drive.

You should make a checklist on all the things you need to do before you fully leave your place of work, which means looking back at any compensation that is due, when you received your last paycheck, any benefits you have earned, vacation time, pension, possible references for future job prospects, and so on.

After all of this, it is time for you to pack away all of your belongings from the office and check how to prepare for an exit interview.

The point of an exit interview is for your company to receive feedback from you regarding your time at the company. This interview works the same way as a job interview, which means you must dress formally and prepare with answers.

The questions they will ask you will be relative to what could be better, why you are leaving, how valued you felt while working there, questions about the work culture and the dynamic between you and your colleagues, as well as the pros and cons you found while working there.

Essentially, it’s all about receiving feedback and suggestions.

No matter what, remain professional, poised, and get ready to look forward to your new workplace or your time of healing.


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