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04/16/09
Resignation 101.
Filed under: Recent Posts, Job Offer (Situations), Mature professionals, Legal matters
Posted by: site admin @ 6:37 am

Recently, a colleague of mine shared a complicated
job
situation in which he was involved.  His
supervisor has
changed five times within the last
year and project pressure
has increased beyond the
breaking point.  The last two
supervisors were
remotely connected.  One was located
400 miles away
(he met him twice before he left).  The
most recent
is located 3000 miles away (and he has never

met her.)

He has gone through a highly stressful three week
period
with the latest supervisor, where she emailed
him problems
daily and set unrealistic time lines and
berated him for not
meeting them.  No understanding
of the tasks and issues
associated with them was
permitted.  He went to HR and
asked for help, then
a transfer.  Both were rejected.  So,
he expressed
displeasure and voiced his willingness to
leave, as he
was personally stressed by the communications

and tone.

So he contacted me for suggestions.

This is quite unfortunate, but happening more
frequently
with businesses stressed and not pleased
with results.


We developed and drafted a resignation letter
using many
suggestions from Sklover.  Three highlights–
1   state that it is a “forced resignation due to health
reasons”, not voluntary
2   state that the last working day is one of the first
days of the following month (for insurance coverage)
3   send it by email and make it very respectful.

It is possible to negotiate a severance  Sklover outlines
some helpful steps.  He also provides
  a resignation checklist
  steps to apply for unemployment insurance  2 
  other precautions for leaving a firm

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