How to hand in resignation to boss who's been great to you?

  1. I would be over the moon if one of my people got that kind of offer. A longer notice period is better, so tell your boss ASAP that you loved working with them and will always think of them as the person who launched your career.

  2. If you’re boss really is that great, they will understand and you won’t burn any bridges. You can ask for a meeting to formally inform them of your resignation and your final day. Maybe they try to make you an offer to stay?

  3. If the rapport has been good, the best policy is honesty and transparency. It's not fun to lose talent, but at $40k, they believe they can replace you pretty quickly if you leave.

  4. Yep I just went through this four weeks ago. My boss was not only understanding but congratulated be and was happy for me. I definitely felt guilty but that went away.

  5. I was blessed to have a really great boss at my last job. I seriously almost didn’t resign because he was awesome. So, here is what I did… I work in IT, so, on the day I turned in my resignation to my boss, I also delivered a letter to the director of HR, and the CIO. For my boss, I met with him, gave him my letter and talked with him for about 30 minutes. Most of that time was me saying basically that he had helped make this next step in my career possible and that he was such a tremendous and positive influence on my life, etc.

  6. If he's a champion for you, he'll be delighted that you've boosted your career and increased your income so much! Maybe bring him a thank you card, since I gather he takes a bit of credit for this?

  7. I’ve recently had this experience; leaving a great boss and company for much more $$ and new title. I started my zoom call to my HRVP with… “I’ve been approached…” I personally didn’t want to say that I’d taken another offer (even though I had) because that seemed to me that I was already one foot out the door. But I really liked the old company and wanted to give them the chance to match the offer. I said I was approached and described the new opportunity, new company and mentioned the pay. I wanted to give my boss the courtesy of making a counter offer. It allowed us to have a conversation about why i was leaving and what is great about the new role. I am still very close with old coworkers and that manager.

  8. When I gave notice to the best boss I’ve ever had, I came in his office, sat down, and said I needed him to look at something and give me some advice.

  9. "...I've enjoyed working with you. This opportunity wouldn't be possible without your support and encouragement. My success is a testimony to your leadership and I'm grateful for the opportunities to learn these skills from you. I'm excited for the next chapter in my life."

  10. Your boss will be sad and disappointed on their own end that they are losing you, but happy for you and understanding on the overall. I say this from recent experience with a similar situation. Let your boss know personally tomorrow, let your boss know how much you appreciated their mentorship and support.

  11. Some great answers here. A good boss will be happy to see you grow and advance . They want it to be with their company but know it’s not guaranteed. Be honest about it and tell your boss how great they were but you can’t pass up the new opportunity.

  12. I had a boss I respected. I pulled him aside and told him verbally what was going on and why. Told him I was resigning but wanted to do it in a conversation before I handed in my letter.

  13. I am in the process of quitting a position, going from 75k to 95k management has been nothing but amazing but I am asking for a 1 month notice to my possible new employer in the offer letter

  14. A good handover would suffice. I have handed in a short notice before but answered questions for weeks after due to not being able to complete the handover. Till today we go out for coffee.

  15. You have a conversation with him and give him the letter as a formality. Make the letter short and official.

  16. Here is what I would do. Ask to meet for 20 mins. Begin the conversation by saying thank you for being a great boss, I really appreciate everything you do for me. If you want to be eloquent think about adding in new year, new beginning comment. Let them know you are giving notice that you intend to end your time there by the date, don’t worry about the exact timing. If you intend to give two weeks, 13 days counts and usually it only means two five day periods.

  17. Your boss will totally understand. It happens. You will not burn a bridge. Bosses expect these things, especially from the top people. Good luck go for it. Your boss will be ally for you.

  18. Just be honest with him and tell him what’s going on and why you’re taking it. He’ll understand. I just recently went through this taking a job at a great organization for $10k more

  19. A greater boss wants nothing but the best for you. And you could end up working with him again. Expressing your feelings would be appreciated.

  20. Just tell the boss you really really appreciate his management style. Maybe write a letter to his boss if he has one and say how he made a big difference in your experience. Send him a thank you card. But really if he cares about this I think he would care about the acknowledgment.

  21. Be honest, you were offered an opportunity that greatly advances your career goals and you would be a fool to give it up. Speak fondly of your time together and let him know this has nothing to do with your working relationship, that it's just good business.

  22. I'll assume I'm a good boss, and I had my lead come to me a while ago. I could tell he was nervous, but as much as I hated to lose him, I congratulated him. I could not offer him the salary he was getting, nor the specialization that he wanted.

  23. If you have a weekly 1-on-1, do it then. Otherwise, I would say first thing in the morning. You're going to throw a wrench into their day and it's best to give them a chance to manage that fire. Based on your note, do it ASAP.

  24. Appreciate it. Are you a manager too? Our 1-1 isn’t until the end of the week and my boss traveling today and tomorrow. Feels like I have the worst timing here!

  25. My old boss still messages me and tells me how much they miss me over a year and a half later. Just be clear that it's not personal and it's an opportunity you weren't really expecting but will take your career to that next level.

  26. It's too late to try this, but I was in a similar situation, where I liked my boss a lot, and I asked him if I could talk about something as a friend, and not a boss. I told him about the job offer and asked him what he thinks I should do. Then I listened to what he said.

  27. As a boss who this has happened to many times, it’s all good. If your boss is a good one they would want you to make more money and have good opportunities so they might be sad to lose you but happy for this positive step in your career.

  28. I went through something similar when leaving my last job, you will quickly find out what kind of a person they really are. Best of luck to you and congratulations!

  29. New company probably has more money to throw around. Or new position is a substantial promotion in terms of title, responsibilities, and of course compensation.

  30. Had a similar situation earlier this year. Just schedule some time for a 1 on 1 and explain to them how appreciative you are, but this new opportunity was too good to pass up.

  31. Did this today to ups for another job. Call in, tell them your situation, thank them for the wonderful opportunity and move on

  32. I mean, I had a great boss and was terrified to tell him I was not returning to my position after having my baby. Surprisingly he was so excited for me and helped me get paid maternity leave! If he’s a great boss, he should be happy for you! Doesn’t mean he won’t be disappointed to see you go, but a good boss should be pushing employees (at least in my opinion) to better themselves, and honestly who can turn down the pay increase? Good luck! I know it’s hard to do! I was terrified!

  33. If your boss is a champion for you, they will be as excited for your advancement as you are! Don't loathe the fact that you are quitting, but look at this as an exciting step in your development and laud your current boss as an enabler and personal inspiration for your success, which is now realized in this new job opportunity.

  34. Say that they have been an amazing boss who has treated you and your colleagues amazingly but you need more money to support yourself. If he throws a fit, it's on him and NOT you!

  35. You write a banging resignation letter in which you have them for everything and state you have valued your time with them and will carry the values and lessons you learnt with them forward.

  36. I disagree. Your letter will be retained in your file should you ever have a need to return. It should be direct and clearly state your resignation and effective date. Nothing more. Save the extra chatter for a separate email or convo with your boss.

  37. I just went to him and I was all "we both know I can't be promoted above my current position here because I don't have a car. I have this position at this other place that's a great opportunity for me. I'm grateful for the opportunity that you gave me here and I'm glad we got to work together"

  38. The “traditional two weeks notice” is just that in most places, a tradition, but you should check your contract carefully to see what it says about notice periods. If your boss is really a good person they will understand that you have to take a job that is almost doubling your salary. They would do the same.

  39. The best thing to do is to contact your boss first, tactfully indicate that you're leaving and then discuss how you and your boss roll this information out to the organization. You'll need to write a resignation letter for HR, just follow directions and keep it short.

  40. If your boss is really thy great, they will be so happy for you and want what’s best. When you resign, let them know that they made an impact on you and that your experience working there was a positive one, but you can’t pass up this opportunity.

  41. The best way to put it is to let them know that you've enjoyed working with them but you have found a better opportunity. The salary increase is big, I'd take that too. You don't need to feel guilty.

  42. I always say and have practiced the philosophy of telling them with grace and if they are your true champion; metaphorically will drive you to the airport in pursuit of your own advancement

  43. Genuine Good bosses are still champions of their people as they move on or move up. Just be honest, 'Hey, you're a great boss, I've loved working and learning from you etc. This is an opportunity that I can't say no to'...

  44. You also do not have to tell anyone where you are going. “After much deliberation, I have decided to pursue opportunities where I may serve a greater number of clients in the field. I enjoyed working here and appreciate the experience and look forward to witnessing all the success I know is coming your way. All the best, xxxxx”

  45. Write a resignation letter and e-mail it to them first (normally it's customary to do it in person, but as mentioned it's remote). I would use

  46. I recently did the same thing. I just made sure to let them know how much I valued the time being there, yet couldn't pass on the opportunity. I made sure all my work and notes were current and left with handshakes to each employee.

  47. There are a lot of good resignation letter templates out there. Look around until you find one that's close to what you're trying to say and make it your own. My last boss sucked and she was pretty unprofessional about my moving on. I still sent a nice letter saying something along the lines of "I couldn't have made this progress in my career without your leadership"

  48. I specifically include my appreciation in the resignation letter. I simply inform them "I am leaving to further my career goals" and then make it a point to over-emphasize how good the company and management were to me, and how I look forward to possibly returning in the future. The one-on-one aspect of interacting with my direct supervisor is more of a casual conversation. Good management wants to see you succeed even if it's not specifically with them.

  49. I’m a boss who I think is a champion for my people, and I had someone come to me with this exact situation. I said can you give me until the 2nd or do you want your last day to be the 30th. He wanted the 30th, so I said I’m super bummed to lose you but at the same time it’s been great to watch you grow and learn and I hope you do great in your next position!

  50. A true good boss will always have your best interest, try to help you in your transition and write a recommendation - rare but I did and so did my boss before I became one. Never burn bridges. I just had dinner with that boss a week ago and thanked her for instilling that trait of positive empowerment after many years.

  51. Write up a resignation letter. Make it sound grateful for the experience but make it fairly concise and to the point. Invite your boss out to lunch and tell him over lunch and let him know how much you appreciate him and ask him for any advice on the letter before you submit it.

  52. I had a time where I was in a job where I was respected and offered a promotion but I was moving away. I couldn't commute to the location no longer so I actually spoke to the boss in person. Told him the situation, shook his hand and nodded my head.

  53. To be clear, personal life is personal life. Work is work. It’s perfectly fine to like the folks you work with, but this is not a “death do you part” contract. Tell them why, explain how you feel if it will make you feel better, but work is work and you need to do what’s in YOUR best interest.

  54. One of the things you can always add in (especially if you liked your boss and would work with him again) is: "I really hope we get the chance to work together again in the future."

  55. I would go along the lines of " I cannot pass this opportunity up to further my career and earnings. Now, if you could match it, I would stay with you", something along those lines. A good manager/owner would appreciate the drive that you have, and realize that if they cannot match that job offer, then they know you have to go where you need to. Nowhere near anything personal, just business.

  56. You walk in. Slowly raise your eyes and make eye contact. While doing so, reach out and take their hand. Take a small step closer so that you have a few inches between you. As their eyes dilate to focus on you in your nearness, reach one hand up, caress their face and slowly, oh so slowly lean forwards and whisper in their ear “I quit, here is my two weeks notice from two weeks ago” then slowly turn your head towards their cheek so that you can see their eye from your peripheral vision. Then slowly, wetly, begin grooming their face with your tongue, that way they never forget you.

  57. If your boss is as great as you say he is, he'll be happy for you that you found a new opportunity

  58. It’s always ok to push to give more notice to your current employer, for future reference. My current employer wanted me to start asap but I pushed it out 5 weeks to give 4 weeks notice and have a week off for sanity.

  59. It depends. I am a middle manager and one person from my team told me that he will resign for a better job. My fist reaction was to congratulate him.😅😅

  60. To be honest, a great boss will understand and want you to succeed. They will also use this as leverage with the higher ups that their pay isn’t up to par so hopefully it might help others or at least newer people.

  61. Also have a clear answer about why you chose to look for a new job after being there less than a year. While you had a great boss, there was something wrong or you wouldn't have been looking so soon after starting. It is likely he/she will ask.

  62. They will understand. The good ones always do. And if they can’t match or beat, they will let you know and tell you if you ever need a job they got you.

  63. If your boss is as great as you say, they will be happy for you! When I was a contractor, my boss would be the first one to let us know if an equivalent government job opened up and let us know that it was a great opportunity and would encourage us to apply if we wanted. Best boss ever!

  64. Just hand that resignation in. People do too much for a company. I understand that you want to leave on good terms and that your boss was good to you but you should think about if you got hit by a bus they would have no problem posting your job and finding another candidate. Point of fact is, you OWE your job nothing and they don't OWE you anything as well.

  65. Don’t feel bad about it man, even if your boss is a nice guy, if your company didn’t need you anymore they would get rid of you without a second thought, do what’s good for you and quit this job.

  66. I had a boss who would literally ask during annual performance review, "What are you doing to prepare yourself for your next job?"

  67. If you were my employee, I’d be overjoyed for you and give you shit for even thinking of feeling guilty about taking such an offer. If your boss is as good as you believe, they will feel the same.

  68. First, you don't owe any notice to anyone unless you have a contract that stipulates otherwise. Most likely you're in work at-will state. That said, if the company were going to leave you, they do so with no notice, regardless how great your boss is.

  69. If this boss is that great he/she will understand. In any case, be respectful and grateful for their guidance and support.

  70. Ask for a meeting with the boss before you hand it in and let them know you’re going to be resigning and thank them and just let them know. If you tell him your salary is going to almost double, I hardly doubt the boss will be upset. Any human would take that.

  71. A great boss will not be upset about your resignation. If they really want the best for you, they'll understand.. Just be honest about your intentions and tell them you appreciate your relationship and time working there.

  72. Simply tell your boss the truth. They should understand and likely encourage you to follow a better opportunity.

  73. They will understand or match. Probably won’t match. But either way, just tell them how much you enjoyed working for them and that you hope to have someone as great at your next job.

  74. A good boss should understand it’s time for you to move on. In my experience they may even make you a counter offer.

  75. Just be upfront but polite about it. If you’re boss is as great you say, they’ll be completely ok with it and they’ll even wish you luck. And if they’re a real working professional, they know how it goes, and why it’s understandable that you can’t pass up such a good opportunity, they’ll probably say that they’d make the same choice as you.

  76. With honesty and gratitude. A boss knows when you’re not being direct and you just need to come out and say it. I had a talk about my professional goals w my amazing manager and he told me “always put yourself first. I won’t take it personally”. It made me feel really good that i had the talk with him.

  77. I’ve been lucky to work for a few supervisors who I genuinely appreciate and were awesome to work with. Every one of them knew I was either looking or had been made an offer (I’m at the point in my career where employers find me) and fully supported my growth. In one case I had the offer 10 days from first contact but negotiated a start date 6 weeks out to allow for transition.

  78. Just wondering, what’s your job title/career in? That’s a great salary bump! I’m trying to get on that level lol

  79. I just went through this, this month. My supervisor was my was mentor and taught me everything I now know that helped me get a 6 figure job. When I told him, he gave me a big hug despite being sad and told me he was proud of me. Its rare to find supervisors that wish for the best for you. I told him I couldn’t skip out on the opportunity and he said the same as it was the beginning of my career. If your boss cares about you, he’ll do the same. It’s rare to come by supervisors that treat you like family instead of a number.

  80. I just did this a couple months ago. I didn’t submit it in writing, I had a heartfelt conversation and then sent an email confirming the conversation afterwards with the date of my notice and my last day. I had to speak to all three of my partners separately and it was tough. I told them how much I appreciated my job and their support through some tough times. I told them I appreciated their mentorship and training, but that I needed to be in my own hometown long term. But that the new job was a better fit for my goals, my finances, and my health.

  81. I dealt with something similar. I liked my boss but the job wasn’t a fit and a better opportunity came up. I just told him the truth and he respected my decision

  82. Don't worry about 2 weeks notices. It's a formality. Your getting g almost twice as much pay. Tell your boss that and encourage them to go apply there with you.

  83. Don’t beat yourself over it. Every great boss I worked with understood and didn’t feel bad about it all. They’ll suffer to replace you but it’ll be all right. Give 2 weeks notice and you’ll be fine.

  84. Be courteous and let them know how much you enjoyed working for them, and how you will always remember them for the impact they made in your young career. Tell them the reason you are leaving is that it offers you a great opportunity to advance your career, and who knows, some day you may work together again.

  85. If this current boss is as good as you claim, they will be happy for you and your new opportunity. Be sure to let them know that they made a positive impact on you and that you appreciate all that they've done for you.

  86. If your boss is truly your champion, then (s)he will continue to support you even if you move on. If they don’t, then don’t worry about feelings.

  87. Doubling your salary is great! Maybe you get a counter-offer? I wouldn't ask for it per se, but recognition of what he already did for you is a massive appreciation thing. But back to the point: it might throw a spanner in the works if he's ready to step up, at least be prepared for the thought what you would want to do.

  88. If your boss doesn't shake your hand with a smile for finding a job that almost doubles your salary, they were only nice to get decent work out of you. Hand it in and explain it wasn't them, there was just a better opportunity.

  89. Boss, you are a great person but, I have to move to another job that offered me almost double my salary. Hate to leave you but, this is to good to leave on the table.

  90. Back when I was a people manager, anyone that resigned would always tell me how they liked working with me but they have a great new opportunity. It was then followed up with reasons they feel bad about it….I would just stop them and say, “you don’t owe me anything. You are doing what you think is best for you and your family. I have trusted you while you have been here and I trust you now that you are making a good decision for you. If you want to discuss what we can do to keep you here, I am happy to, but ultimately, I respect you and your decision. Let’s try and figure out a way to transition your work and make it so you don’t have to go crazy over last few weeks”.

  91. I found a job that is somewhat related to what I do now and it could potentially be a $20k pay increase. My current company is small to mid-sized, less than 10 years old, and in kind of a niche industry. I have an extremely close working relationship with not only the management in my division but all other coworkers.

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