MAKE A GRACE­FUL EXIT

Now that you’ve de­cided it’s time to move on, find out how to exit the com­pany with­out burn­ing your bridges.

Herworld (Malaysia) - - HER STORY - By Amanda Soh

What we would all love to hear dur­ing an in­ter­view for a new job: the prospect of work-life bal­ance and, of course, an ideal salary. How­ever, a re­cent sur­vey by job site JobStreet.com found that while one of the main chal­lenges of pro­fes­sion­als is not achiev­ing work-life bal­ance, it only pulled 26 per cent of votes. The top chal­lenge at work, as voted by 49 per cent of re­spon­dents, is com­pany pol­i­tics. That said, there are many other rea­sons why peo­ple con­sider leav­ing their jobs.

Why quit?

AiRene Tan, an as­so­ciate direc­tor of con­sumer, health­care, pro­fes­sional ser­vices, and dig­i­tal at spe­cial­ist pro­fes­sional re­cruit­ment con­sul­tancy Robert Wal­ters Malaysia, elab­o­rates on these other fac­tors. First, she says, is the lim­i­ta­tion of ca­reer growth in one’s cur­rent work­place. “Ac­cord­ing to our find­ings in Ac­quir­ing In­sights from the Exit Process to Build a Bet­ter Work­place, 11 per cent of the sur­veyed pro­fes­sion­als in Asia cited lim­ited growth op­por­tu­ni­ties in the com­pany, and be­ing un­der­paid, as the two main rea­sons for leav­ing their jobs,” she ex­presses. Be­sides that, team chem­istry is also im­por­tant as your bosses and col­leagues are the peo­ple you’ll be spend­ing most of your day with – nat­u­rally in­flu­enc­ing your ef­fi­ciency and pro­duc­tiv­ity. Like­wise, fit­ting into your work­ing en­vi­ron­ment and culture also plays a large role in achiev­ing job sat­is­fac­tion.

Be­fore you pass the let­ter on

If you’re think­ing of hand­ing in your res­ig­na­tion, AiRene and the ex­perts from JobStreet both em­pha­sise tak­ing time to weigh this ma­jor de­ci­sion. Whether you de­cide to stay or leave, self-re­flec­tion will serve as a guide to align­ing your ca­reer with your goals and as­pi­ra­tions. One of the ques­tions to ask your­self is whether you have a clear exit plan for a more suc­cess­ful tran­si­tion to a new work en­vi­ron­ment. “Dur­ing an in­ter­view with a po­ten­tial em­ployer, don’t hes­i­tate to ask about the team you will be work­ing with and the com­pany culture. This will help you de­ter­mine if the com­pany will be a fit for you,” AiRene ad­vises. If you’re think­ing about leav­ing your job with­out se­cur­ing an­other job, thor­oughly think it through to be sure that you’re not act­ing on your emo­tions, be­cause you may have had a ter­ri­ble day at work or an in­crease in your work­load. An ex­o­dus out of the com­pany should also not be the sole rea­son for you to jump on the band­wagon. As for tak­ing a sab­bat­i­cal, AiRene rec­om­mends draw­ing up a time­line for this ca­reer break and plan – con­sider keep­ing your skills up to date or be­ing in­volved in short-term projects to re­main rel­e­vant in your area of ex­per­tise. An­other thing to do be­fore you hand in your let­ter is to sur­vey the econ­omy. The ex­perts at JobStreet.com sug­gest study­ing the mar­ket rate to as­sess the ap­pro­pri­ate com­pen­sa­tion for your ex­pe­ri­ence and skills if your earn­ings hap­pen to not meet your ev­ery­day needs.

What to do with a counter-of­fer

Once that let­ter of res­ig­na­tion has been read by your su­per­vi­sor, only one of two things will hap­pen: he or she will sit down with you to un­der­stand what’s on your mind, process it all, and ei­ther let you go or present to you a counter of­fer. The lat­ter should be han­dled care­fully as counter of­fers tend to go astray, no mat­ter how flat­ter­ing it seems ini­tially. Should you ac­cept it, both the ex­perts from JobStreet and AiRene cau­tion that your loy­alty will be ques­tioned. “Sta­tis­tics show that if you ac­cept a counter of­fer, the prob­a­bil­ity of you leav­ing within six months, or be­ing let go within one year, is ex­tremely high,” AiRene stresses. An­other rea­son to turn down the counter of­fer is the lack of trust be­tween you and your su­per­vi­sor, now that you’ve brought up the idea of want­ing to leave. You may be passed over for a pro­mo­tion, and when times get rough, there’s a dan­ger of be­ing one of the first on the chop­ping block.

What to ex­pect af­ter

One of the most com­pelling rea­sons for switch­ing jobs is an in­crease in salary. AiRene shares, “Pro­fes­sion­als in the sales and mar­ket­ing in­dus­try can ex­pect salary in­cre­ments of 15 to 20 per cent, while those with niche skills can ex­pect their salary to rise by 25 to 30 per cent. Pro­fes­sion­als in the tech­ni­cal health­care in­dus­try can ex­pect salary in­cre­ments of 15 to 25 per cent.” You’ll have to start from ground zero once you step into a new en­vi­ron­ment – stay pro­fes­sional and flex­i­ble, so you’ll adapt more quickly to the dif­fer­ent work­ing styles and per­son­al­i­ties.

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