RE: When you hear the Axe in the dark...

Subject: RE: When you hear the Axe in the dark...
From: "Brierley, Sean" <Sean -dot- Brierley -at- ipc -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2007 15:24:53 -0500

But then, as an employee, I've never really worked for an employer who
tried the "employee retention" thing.

I did once submit my resignation from a job I liked because:

a) I had a very interesting and intriguing offer from someone I knew, I
was young, and the time was right.

b) An employee was hired for me by the owner of the company, and the
employee kept making end-runs and got perks beyond what was available
for me.

c) I would have been happy to provoke a real counter offer and would
have stayed had that happened, but I knew it wasn't in the cards.

My last day there, I worked quite late to finish up some work and leave
things in a good state--I was the second-to-last person to close up that
night. I'd do that again. You do what you can, try not to burn bridges,
give a nod to good employers when you see them, and try to achieve your
personal goals.

As for a resignation letter, I recommend using tech writing skills and
being short and to the point: you are leaving to pursue other
opportunities, mention you enjoyed working with your co-workers, give a
nod to the company as a whole, and throw in when your last day will be.
Heck, use a bulleted list if you want.


-----Original Message-----
From: techwr-l-bounces+sean -dot- brierley=ipc -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
[mailto:techwr-l-bounces+sean -dot- brierley=ipc -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On

John Posada asked:

Has anyone ever handed in a resignation, then be given a better offer to
stay, and not found out that it was just a stall until a replacement
could be found and you were shown the door?
Nope, never.

On the flip side, as an employer, it has never been worth the effort to
attempt to re-gruntle an employee who was disgruntled enough to vote
with their feet (or threaten to do so). When I was young and stupid and
attempted to do so, their negative attitude was only multiplied. It had
already been a detriment to the team, and our repeated coaching about it
was actually one of the reasons this person was looking elsewhere (we
were "too critical" because we objected to his repeated negativity,
off-color/racial/sexist remarks, etc.).

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