resigning

You’re resigning! Here’s what to say when you quit, when to do it, who to tell first, and why you don’t need a resignation letter.

let’s discuss deranged things your employer did when you resigned

Some managers handle it really, really badly when people resign. From the managers who stop speaking to resigning employees (because leaving is a personal betrayal, apparently), to the manager who told a resigning employee “I hate you” and threw things, to the manager who slashed an employee’s tires on their last day (!), some bosses […]

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have you ever quit a job in your first week?

Have you ever quit on your first day? (Or should you have?) If you’ve ever had a job so bad you quit on your first day — or okay, in your first week — we want to hear about it. Please share in the comments below and include: why it was so bad how you […]

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my boss renegotiated my new job’s start date behind my back

A reader writes: I’ve just given notice to leave a job that I love because my manager has become intolerable. I’ll spare you the details, but for context, this manager (let’s call them B) has a negative reputation in the company and the two previous departures from my team have cited abuse from B as […]

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how can I get out of doing an exit interview when I leave?

A reader writes: I’m hopefully giving my notice very soon and looking for advice on how to decline an exit interview with my boss’s boss. I haven’t had a one-on-one conversation with this person in the five years I’ve been at my job. We’re a small team of fewer than 20 people, so I am […]

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you need to do these 10 things before you resign

If you’re preparing to quit your job, you’re probably focused on the resignation conversation itself – telling your boss and your team that you’re leaving. But before you take that step, there are a bunch of things you should do first — finding out how your company is likely to handle your notice period, making […]

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my old job won’t stop asking me to come back

A reader writes: I recently left my job as a team lead. I’d been frustrated for a long time with my role, my workload, the organization’s culture, and my manager’s oversight of my team and me. I was very open about all of this with my manager, as well as the impact that stress was […]

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the managers who feel personally betrayed when workers quit

Quitting a job is supposed to be business, not personal—but my inbox is full of letters from people whose managers are deeply aggrieved by their resignations, take it as a personal betrayal,  and respond with either fury or despair. At Slate today, I wrote about these managers — and why this is just as bananas […]

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