5 Things to Consider Before Filing a Resignation

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Ozzias T. Villaver, Jr., Ed. D. | ExecutiveChronicles

When you start with your job with great drive and perseverance, there are times that your performance will be or not recognized or rewarded by the management.   In many situations, your expectation(s) of your work are far from reality.   You will encounter many problems which will test your decision-making to stay or move to another workplace. Thus, resignation becomes an option in your mind.

If you’re having second thoughts about resigning, here are some helpful guidelines to decide whether to stay or move to another organization.

  1. If your boss is not encouraging enough, move to another department or organization; there is no way you are going to overcome this problem unless he or she is fired- an uncommon event in many firms.
  2. Look over the people at the same level of the hierarchy as yourself and estimate when they are most likely to be promoted; if you are not promoted at about the same time, consider going elsewhere.
  3. By the time you are 30, you should be in a managerial position. If you are not, the firm may have designated you as lacking of management timber. It may be time for you to move.
  4. Set some financial goals for yourself, such as earning Php 300,000 or more annually by the time you are 30 years old. Check this figure as competitive in other industry. If you have not made it, ask yourself why.  If you find out that your firm does not pay  competitively at your level, then look into your opportunities with other companies.
  5. If you move to another organization or company, never mention anything bad about your previous workplace. Leave on good terms and give the impression that your decision was strictly a career move, nothing personal. If you talk down your old boss or employer, this can hurt you with your new one. Remember that people may smile when you say some things about your previous workplace, but they will be thinking, “I wonder what this person will say about us when he or she leaves here.”

(Reference: Hoggetts, Richard M. and Kuratko, Donald F. Management. Second Edition. New York: HARDCOURT BRACE JOVANOVICH, PUBLISHERS. 2000.)