Most of us seem to be working recently, regardless of our nationality or background. The way of life, as it is today, has made it semi mandatory that almost everyone needs to chip in the upbringing of a family.
There are some who have been with their jobs from the beginning as a fresh entry, and there are some who found better opportunities or simply want a change throughout their job careers because they just needed it.
In my column for this issue, I’d like to discuss the exit period of an individual who has resigned from a job, and decides to move on. The first time, I witnessed a resignation from a person, I witnessed some bad habits that I didn’t like but concluded that maybe it’s that person who’s like that. However, as I also progressed through my career I noted many who did the same, and it wasn’t just that one person.
I started to wonder, what made them like that? The behavior started immediately when an individual resigned. Most companies give a one month’s notice, and some even two months depending on your seniority. Imagine that you’ve worked for an organization for five years, why ruin the good reputation that you had obtained within your last working month?
For some, their work was incomplete; tardiness in attendance was notable, missing meetings, attitude, and lots of huffing and puffing. I recall when I resigned from my last job; I had to give a one-month’s notice. My boss at that time told me, “You’re so lucky. You’re on a honeymoon now.”
I wondered what he meant by that, but I never asked. As I did my notice period, I came on time, did my work diligently, and just did what I was supposed to do like any normal employee was under contract with them. On my last day, I found out what was meant by the honeymoon period at work. My boss told me that he had expected me to slack off, and not continue my handover as everyone else had done.
After that, I progressed through my career. I became a manager, I had employees who had resigned and each one of them had shown bad traits after another. I even remember that one simply didn’t even bother showing up an entire week at work for no apparent reason. No prior notification was given, no texts, no emails, etc…
Again, I ask. If you’ve kept a good reputation at an organization, why ruin it within the month of your notice period?
I think something is seriously wrong here. Either companies are not doing their best to ensure that a proper resignation is dealt with or a lot of people just don’t care. It doesn’t matter if you’re employed, have resigned, or are on holiday. You belong to that organization, and until you haven’t done your full clearance you’re abided by law, and your consciousness to fulfill it in the best way you can.
Even if you hate yourself for being part of that organization, you should always leave a door open should you decide to come back to it. You never know what you’ll be facing with the new job, or what new demons you’ll meet.
I would love to hear your feedback on this piece. Am I the only one who has seen this? Or is it really happening all around us?
Fatma (Fay), Emirati girl, with an experience in Corporate Communications and CSR. She is passionate about anything that is traditional and Emirati. In her free time she loves to watch Japanese anime, read manga, and play videogames. Spas are not the only thing that relaxes her, but cooking as well.
Fay’s columns observe work-life experiences and balance. A lot of her articles are based on first-hand personal experiences and issues she has seen or been part of. She loves to observe her surroundings, and watch how people handle different situations they’ve been put in.Also, she is trying to balance the art of staying positive at work and helping her peers understand that not everything should be a problem. With her writings she hopes to make a difference and make people more observant of the little problems in life, or work that hasn’t escalated to a catastrophe. It’s the little things that matters.