How to react if you are asked to resign

How to react if you are asked to resign
How to react if you are asked to resign

If you are reading this article, it is likely that you have already been asked to quit or that you are in a situation where you may be asked to do so in the very near future. Either way, it can be difficult to respond to a request to resign in lieu of a formal termination. Know that you have options before agreeing to resign and that you can also wait to be fired. To overcome this situation as easily as possible, it is best to know your rights and options.


Part 1 of 2: Learn the News and Understand the Circumstances

Respond when You Are Asked to Resign Step 1

Step 1. Stay calm and professional

Given your situation, you will need to quit your job on the best possible terms. Your future positions may depend on your ability to remain calm for the time being. There may be friendships or professional connections between the employees of your current company and your potential employers. In addition, your current bosses can be contacted as references. Therefore, you should do your best to remain calm and professional by performing the following actions.

  • Listen to what your employer has to tell you. It can be difficult to stay silent, but in order to best understand the situation you should listen to it.
  • Don't argue about his decision. Whatever the circumstances, the decision has already been made by your employer. It gives you the choice to quit or wait to be fired. Your arguments and pleadings will not change his decision.
  • Don't make a fuss until you are gone for good. The meeting may be different if you are in the movies and your employer decides to take away the option to resign. If you make any threats or act unprofessionally, he will ask you to leave, escorted by security. If this happens, you will have many negative implications: bad references, negative impressions, possibly ineligibility for unemployment or legal consequences.
Respond when You Are Asked to Resign Step 2

Step 2. Understand the reasons why you are being asked to resign

Chances are, you already knew the circumstances surrounding your departure because you had been told about it before, felt something was up, or you knew you did something unacceptable. However, if you do not fully understand, you must ask questions. Knowing the exact reasons you are being asked to quit will help you make the decision between leaving and waiting for your dismissal.

For example, if you are asked to leave because your job is being abolished, resigning will cause you to lose your unemployment rights and it would be better to wait until you are fired. If you are asked to leave because you have acted in a prohibited manner within your company, it may be desirable that you resign because of the possible negative implications and ineligibility for unemployment in the event of dismissal for serious misconduct

Respond when You Are Asked to Resign Step 3

Step 3. Find out about the company policy regarding reference checks

Before making your decision to quit or wait to be fired, it is important to know what your company's policy is regarding reference checks. That is to say what information will be given to your future employer when he calls your old company for information. The publishable information is:

  • employment dates
  • the post
  • salary
  • eligibility for re-employment
  • if the departure took place on good terms
  • the reason for leaving
  • personality and character
  • work ethic
Respond when You Are Asked to Resign Step 4

Step 4. You have the right to take your time to think about it

At this point, you only have two options: quit or wait to be fired. You don't have to sign any paper or letter of resignation immediately because you have the right to think about your options. It's important to weigh your options and the pros and cons of resigning or firing before agreeing to anything.

Your employer may try to put the pressure on, but they cannot force you to make the decision immediately. Either way, you are going to be leaving the business very soon, do what is best for your situation and for your future

Part 2 of 2: Evaluate Your Options and Make a Decision

Respond when You Are Asked to Resign Step 5

Step 1. Evaluate the pros and cons of resigning

As we said before, there are some good and some not so good in every option, you should take these factors into account before making a decision. The main disadvantage of resigning is that you will likely lose your unemployment rights. The advantages are as follows.

  • To be able to positively address the reason for your departure. You don't need to say why you got fired or why you were asked to leave.
  • The reason given by your employer for the end of the employment contract will be "resignation".
  • You may be able to negotiate severance pay. The company wants you to leave, you have the hand, even if you don't have that feeling. In exchange for a peaceful departure, you may be able to negotiate severance pay that includes a few months' salary.
Respond when You Are Asked to Resign Step 6

Step 2. Evaluate the pros and cons of waiting to be fired

The advantages may outweigh the disadvantages if you need your unemployment rights and believe you are eligible under the circumstances. If you are made redundant without serious misconduct on your part, you have a good chance of getting unemployment benefit. In addition, if you think your dismissal is unfair or discriminatory, you can file a complaint against your employer. On the other hand, the disadvantages are as follows.

  • You may not be eligible for severance pay.
  • You might receive negative referrals if another company contacts this employer.
  • The reason for your departure will be "dismissal" and the reasons for this can be disclosed (depending on company policy). For example, “the employee was terminated for professional misconduct”.
Respond when You Are Asked to Resign Step 7

Step 3. Make the right decision for you and notify your employer

Based on your assessment of the pros and cons of both options, you need to make a decision and communicate it to your employer as quickly as possible. If you took some time to decide, you will need to call a new meeting that includes everyone present at the first meeting. During this interview, do the following.

  • Briefly state whether you have decided to resign or to stay.
  • Keep the explanation simple and professional.
  • Don't get overwhelmed with emotion, don't get angry.
  • Get ready to go today. The employer may not take any risks and leave an unhappy employee on their premises. If you chose to wait until you were fired, prepare to be fired on that day.
Respond when You Are Asked to Resign Step 8

Step 4. Prepare to move on

Prepare to move on as soon as you've made your decision and notified your employer. You are going to quit your job one way or another, it's time to prepare for the next step in your career.

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