There could be many reasons you are looking to resign:
- Salary Increase
- Better Opportunity / Career Progression
- Work Pressure Too Great
- Working hours too long.
- Family/Personal Reasons
- Relations with your manager/colleagues are not good.
Whatever the reason it is always your decision to make a positive change.
How to Resign.
Wherever possible you should resign in person by having a private conversation with your boss and giving your pre-written letter of resignation.
During the resignation conversation:
- Never criticise the company, bosses, colleagues, facilities, customers
- Outline the decision to leave as a personal one.
- Reassure your boss that you will fulfil your duties to the best your abilities throughout your notice period.
- Know your notice period, calculate your last day and confirm “my last day here will be ....”
- Hand your boss your resignation letter and thank them for their support.
The Counter Offer
After resigning, your boss may try to persuade you to stay by making a counter offer, typically the promise of either a pay rise or a promotion or extra time off etc.
This is quite usual as it takes lot of time and money for a practice to find and replace valuable staff, so your practice will want to try to keep you.
Essentially, there are two types of counter offers that you might encounter:
1) Financial: When you advise you have accepted a new job and are serving your notice, your employer presents you a counter offer with an increase in your current salary. Sometimes, if they know your new remuneration terms, their offer might match or beat this level; otherwise it could just be a ballpark guess at what salary might retain you.
2) Emotional: This is a tough one as it often relies upon your sense of loyalty. This occurs, not in the form of a formal offer, but in a reiteration of your value and sometimes suggestions or promises of better things to come in the future. Your employer might ask you to stay, with a reminder that things are going to improve at work, a promise to find new resources, an agreement to promote you as soon as possible or even an appeal to your sense of loyalty by asking you to stay with the team until a date in the near future.
Rejecting the Counter Offer.
It may be flattering for your employer to offer an increase in your salary or give you a promotion, but it is not with your best interests at heart but their own because it will cost more to replace you than keep you, especially if your resignation has come as a surprise or at a time when your employer cannot lose more staff as they are already understaffed.
Good practices know that staff change is part of running a veterinary business and good bosses understand that clinical staff should not remain with one company for too long, and that moving on is a natural part of a career cycle and skills growth.
It is very rare that a counter offer is successful in the long term, statistics show that 98% of staff who accept the counter offer will have left within 6 -12 months as your initial reasons for wanting to leaving will pop up again and you will resign again.
If you have accepted a new job offer, it is viewed as an agreement between you and the new employer. If you decide to accept a counter offer and stay with your current practice, you will never be considered for a position with the new employer again.
On your last day:
- Make sure you have collected all your personal possessions.
- Return any company property.
- Offer to be available by phone for a short period if any queries arise with your patients or cases.
- Make sure you have personal contact details of colleagues that you want stay in touch with.