Before resigning from your job, make sure to question all the aspects of your decision. If there is a problem with a co-worker or the employer, it may be better to try to resolve it first. Avoid saying “I quit” in the heat of an argument with your employer if you do not mean it, because it can be considered as a proper resignation and you may actually lose the job. If it is not possible to resolve the problem, you can resign, but there are certain steps to follow and rules to respect when doing so.
You need to give your employer a proper notice on your resignation, which can be done verbally, but the common practice is that it is done in writing, which is also safer. The resignation letter should contain the information on how much notice you are giving and what your last day at work will be. You can also add the reasons for your resignation, which is not obligatory, but it is a decent thing to do and it can help avoid further disputes.
When you resign, it is important to know your rights, but also your obligations and restrictions. These are several things to pay attention to:
• You cannot take back your resignation in most cases, especially if it was given in writing. However, there are some cases when it can be done – if it was not given in writing, or if it was, but your employment contract or the employer himself allows it to be taken back. These cases are not very common, so it is better to carefully consider your decision before you finally make it.
• The final pay will be paid out to you on a usual day of the month, even if you leave the company before it. For example, if your payday is every 25th of the month, and you leave on the 1st day of the month – your pay will still be due on the 25th. You are not entitled to receiving it earlier, but in some cases the employment contract states that you can.
• If you have given the notice in accordance with the law and your employment contract, the employer is obliged to accept your resignation and act in accordance with the law, the company’s policy and the employment contract.
• Nobody can force you to resign for any reason. If you are forced to resign by your employer or other employees, you should seek legal help and you are most likely entitled to taking legal action.