Are you at that point in your career when you’re considering, or have decided, that it’s time to move on to another company? Have you been checking the ads for jobs in Singapore more frequently than usual?
Maybe you feel that your current company’s culture doesn’t quite fit your working style. Or maybe you want to take on new challenges. Or maybe you don’t see eye to eye with your boss. Whatever the reason, there are certain protocols to keep in mind before you hand in that resignation letter. Follow these guidelines if you want to make your exit a graceful one.
Maintain your energy level. It’s natural to become a bit languid at work when there’s a dissatisfaction factor that’s prompting you to consider leaving. Don’t allow this to happen to you. Keep working with the same enthusiasm as you did when you showed up on your first day. Continue coming to work on time, and working overtime when necessary. If you allow yourself to become lethargic, you could end up getting fired before you get the chance to resign. As anybody knows, the “fired” label carries with it a stigma that’s hard to overcome when you’re out looking for a job.
Don’t be a workplace cancer. Whatever grievances you have, don’t try to influence your coworkers to see things the way you do. Don’t go on a “let’s-get-out-of-this-dump” crusade or in any way try to solicit sympathy from others. This sort of behavior disrupts team spirit, which in turn affects productivity. And when bad feelings spread throughout the workplace, it’s easy to trace it all back to you. Again, this could get you fired before you get a chance to resign. Remember, your complaints are yours alone. Don’t try to make them everyone else’s.
Maintain professional ethics. The new company you’re eyeing is probably a competitor of your present company. Respect the confidentiality of your present employer’s secrets. You were trusted with these. Don’t betray that trust. Also, don’t let the clients you service know about your plans or desire to leave. They are your company’s clients, not yours. After you’ve finalized your plan to move to your new company, only then should you share this information with these clients, and it should be to thank them for the opportunity to be of service to them. No matter what the industry, all Singapore jobs demand the same degree of professionalism.
Keep quiet. It’s human nature to want to “talk out” your grievances, especially when they’re bad enough to make you want to leave. Exercise restraint when you feel the urge to speak out. If you tell too many people how you feel, word could spread fast. Once your supervisor hears the news, he might start looking for your replacement. And you, still not 100% sure you’ll be leaving, will end up in limbo. Stay safe. Share your thoughts only with one or two close officemates you can trust. Don’t spend long hours repeatedly talking about these grievances, and don’t use the talk sessions as a means to influence their thinking.
Don’t get unrealistic. A possible alternative to quitting is going to your boss and telling him, “I’ll stay if…” No matter what follows that “if,” no boss wants to hear this sort of thing from a subordinate. It comes across as an ultimatum. It comes dangerously close to, “Give me what I want or I’m quitting.” The response that would come from any self-respecting manager would be, “Go ahead, quit.” This is a double whammy for you. You don’t get what you want, and you lose whatever respect your boss had for you. Plus, without another job waiting for you, you might end up checking out the classifieds for whatever jobs Singapore has to offer.
In sum, when you go through the process of changing jobs, you have to be sure to keep your good name intact. No matter what rewards await you at your new company, it’s not worth it to leave behind a damaged reputation.