The minute you put your papers in any organisation, a sense of relief washes over you. It’s the same feeling you get the moment you walk out of the exam hall after your last paper. You feel the burden on your shoulders start to lighten and the rose-colour glasses break. You have nothing to lose anymore. And as much as we would like to tell you that feeling is right, it’s wrong. There is a certain decorum you need to follow to ensure you don’t lose precious connections or your hard-earned reputation. So, as much as you want to sprint out of there, you can’t. Not before finishing the notice period.
So, think of this as a handbook and bookmark for the next time you’re in a transitional phase.
Have a conversation with your boss first
For whatever reason you’ve decided you want to resign from your current post, don’t just send your resignation email to HR. First, have a conversation with your reporting manager as it gives them buffer time to plan their next steps or make you an offer to entice you into staying. Also, if you are confused or unclear about what you should do next, what the company policies are, or something more personal, they will be able to provide you with some insight. So, before telling your team (we’re sure your work bestie already knows) or the HR, talk to your boss.