How to Resign When Working From Home

Written by Jeff Kartheiser, Managing Director, GattiHR

Are you thinking about quitting your job but don’t know how to go about it? It’s important to know what steps you need to take when it comes time for your resignation, especially when you’re working from home.

According to career experts, here are ways to approach this situation:

Work together with your manager on how you will spend the remainder of your time

Resigning from your company while working remotely can be an uncomfortable conversation. However, if you plan and prepare, it can be less painful than you think.

The reality is that quitting while working from home might not be too different than quitting in person. However, you always want to make sure to leave on good terms. We have all heard the saying, “don’t burn bridges,” and I couldn’t agree more.

Once your decision has been made, it is important to keep your composure, remain professional and continue to be productive in your current role until you have officially had the conversation with your manager. Once you speak with your manager, you can work together on how you will spend the remainder of your time.

Here are a few tips to ensure a smooth transition:

Keep it confidential

A lot of us build strong relationships and even long-lasting friendships at the workplace.

However, this is a big change in your life, and it can be tempting to share the news with your coworkers.

Whatever you do, don’t let the cat out of the bag. As tempting as it is for you to tell someone, it may be equally, if not more tempting, for them to share the news with others. Word can travel fast in the workplace, and the last thing you want is your manager to hear the news before you have a chance to tell them.

Have a plan

Once your decision has been made, it is important to be prepared:

  • Type out a sentence or two on what you plan on telling your manager. Practice it and have it memorized.
  • Make sure you have time to give at least a two-week notice before starting your new endeavor.
  • Prepare to have a conversation about a counteroffer. Many people don’t think about this, but it is very common for companies to make counteroffers once you give notice. Most will tell you it is not wise to accept a counter, and I couldn’t agree more.
  • Be ready to have a productive conversation on your exit interview. This is an opportunity to help your soon-to-be past employer on how to improve their organization. Be honest but keep it PC.

Making a move can be stressful, but if you are prepared, this can be a painless transition.