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Resignation Tips For HR Professionals

It is not easy to resign from an HR role. But changing jobs is something every HR professional will go through how and the way you approach the situation will have a huge impact on your reputation.

It’s important to think carefully before breaking the news in order to ensure you leave on a high note to avoid burning any bridges.

Here’s some advice we’ve put together to help you if you are resigning from your HR role…

Minimise disruption

Before you leave, it’s a good idea to prepare the company for your departure by taking steps to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum. This could include taking actions such as distributing tasks across teams. This will help create a more harmonious end to your employment and keep future relationships in tact.

Stay professional

Are you leaving at a time that’s inconvenient for the organisation? If so, there may be some negativity about you leaving, especially if there are key tasks still to complete. You can stay professional by:

Your professionalism and integrity will be worth it in the long run – reputations can be quickly lost.

Be clear and direct about your resignation

It’s vital to deliver your resignation in an articulate, concise, direct way.

There’s no need to discuss any problems you have or what the role may lack. All you need to do is state what the new position is offering in terms of personal growth.

Be absolutely sure you want to move on and that you have had confirmation of your job offer before delivering the resignation statement so as not to cause unnecessary problems.

Stay calm when dealing with emotional upheaval

Your boss may have an emotional reaction when you declare you are leaving if they rely on you, including frustration or anger. Remember to stay calm in the face of this and it will pass.

Once the mood changes, notice periods, handovers, and duties changes can be discussed.

Remember that resignations are regular occurrences in business so stay and calm positive and your relationship with your former organisation should stay intact.

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