The need for all parties to maintain professional conduct in the event of resignation at the workplace is of critical importance, particularly within the current volatile socio-economic climate. Employees must avoid damaging relationships and employers need to adopt a neutral approach that ensures no direct or indirect recrimination or intimidation.
This is the view shared by recruitment experts at Accsys PeoplePlace, the recruitment and career development division established within Accsys, a national supplier of payroll, HR, Time & Attendance and Access Control solutions.
Career developers within Accsys have issued a general warning to those who resign their position to adhere to a few golden rules. Failure to do so could harm whatever bonds have been formed at the workplace and this could have serious implications in the long-term.
“Firstly it is important to work hard until the very last day of your notice period. Don’t forget that you are still employed by the company and the service or employee contract is still in place,” explains Gale Ndebele, HR officer. “Other considerations apply, for example you cannot take leave during your resignation month and it is important to ensure that a proper ‘hand-over’ takes place for the benefit of your successor.”
The Accsys PeoplePlace Division was established to serve the human resources and payroll administration markets by instilling higher levels of professionalism, by addressing skills shortages through effective recruitment and by encouraging effective, meaningful interaction between employers and employees.
Management and recruiters are unanimous in their alarm over how many people forget that a reference is required from companies.
“While employers are contractually obliged to issue a reference, they have the freedom and right to divulge as much detail as they would like. In other words the impression you make during your last days at a company could have a serious impact on the quality of this document,” says Ngoni Munetsi, recruitment consultant at Accsys PeoplePlace.
Teryl Schroenn, CEO at Accsys, reaffirms the point. “Unless you are about to retire, it is really important to remember that the last impression is what will stay in the memories of your former colleagues and management. Frequently, your first move after a long tenure in one company is not the right one, and you need good references from all your former employers.
"Take the time to finish any projects that need to be completed, make good notes for your successor if you are not able to train them personally. Put in writing any special relationships or methods that you use that maximise efficiency and send it to the relevant parties.”
These guidelines will help to ease the pangs of change during the process of resignation for both employees and employers.