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When you last resigned, what happened next and how soon was it "announced";?

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squishee Wed 25-May-16 16:01:38

I resigned by countersigned letter handed over in person to the HR manager 5 weeks ago. My notice period is 8 weeks, so there are only 3 weeks left.

I had been expecting the management to spread the word, as per standard practice (in my experience).

Not a whisper, and no e-mail / written acknowledgement either. The HR manager has not been in our office since (there are several sites).

WWYD? I'm starting to feel weird about it. Is it really up to me to break the news?
I've spent been in the job several years. Not client-facing and not UK-based (France).

MilkTwoSugarsThanks Wed 25-May-16 16:03:20

Tbh all that happened was I left on my agreed last date.

Nobody made any announcements, and I'm not sure why they would.

InTheSandPit Wed 25-May-16 16:12:30

My boss was the source of most rumours in the building.
I told him it wasn't a secret, but to give me the rest of the morning to tell my team.
I then dragged the girl I'd spent the journey into work that morning lying to "no, no plans to leave, yes stick out this project for sure" and apologised.
Pegged it back to my building to tell those who worked for me. Took about 30 seconds for the rest of the building to know.
About an hour after that, the phone started ringing.
Next day, nothing more.
The week before I left I was bumping into people, and my reply to "how's things?" Was "I'm packing, leaving next week, moving abroad as soon as we have visas, DH already there". After the first day, nothing seemed to ge said to anyone.
My replacement started a year after I handed my notice in, 10 months after I walked out of the building.
So, I'd drop a heavy hint in the vicinity of the office gossip!

FiveGoMadInDorset Wed 25-May-16 16:13:43

I had a meeting with my boss just to make sure I really wanted to go and then that was it and I told people

InsufficientlyCaffeinated Wed 25-May-16 16:16:03

Every time I've resigned it's been announced shortly afterwards. It's going to impact everybody else, especially anybody who might have to take on your tasks while they recruit a replacement so it's odd not to announce, unless they're reviewing your role with a view to changing it/eliminating it after you leave

daisychain01 Wed 25-May-16 16:41:02

it depends on the circumstances, because sometimes they want to keep it under wraps as long as possible if someone is important, a recruitment process is ongoing and they don't want to disrupt the department.

Alternatively the person is on a very short notice period eg sales, and they are gone within a week.

Best thing is to agree with your LM about how any announcement will be made and whether you are permitted to mention it. Personally It wouldn't bother me how it was announced if I was leaving anyway! An internal move tends to be a quick email out the week before with the name of someone who is covering or taking over,.

squishee Wed 25-May-16 18:30:09

I have no line manager as such, and all of the managers are largely absent... It's an "unusual" company. Any mass communication is done via a notice board or by calling a plenary meeting.

squishee Wed 25-May-16 18:36:02

Thanks for your replies. I have no line manager as such. All of the managers are mainly absent. Any mass communication is via a notice board or awkward plenary meeting.
I'm moving countries, but will be freelancing in the same field (hopefully for the company)

DailyMailAreAFuckingJoke Thu 26-May-16 11:21:57

Handed my (then) boss my letter. Agreed that I would keep quiet until senior management team had been told. After 24 hours I hadn't heard anything so I started telling people. My view was that I'd given notice and they'd had a full working day to discuss it. I needed to tell people so that I could arrange handovers etc. Got a bit of grumbling from my boss but he backed off when I politely pointed this out to him.

EBearhug Thu 26-May-16 23:01:26

The last two times I've resigned, I've been the one to tell the people counted to me, i.e. those I worked with and those I socialised with, and particularly those I wanted to come to my leaving do. In the first of those, it was certainly mentioned to other people, because they did a collection, and I was quite amazed by how much must have been collected.

I am about to leave my current department for a secondment to another department - one more week in the current one. My manager has told our team, and the other managers are aware. I have told some of those I work closely with, partly because of the handover, and most didn't know yet. This didn't surprise me at all - in one of the other teams, there's a high turnover, and the way we tend to find out is when we get a request for new system accounts, or to terminate system accounts. We've tried pointing out it would probably be helpful to know who we're expected to work with, but it doesn't seem to be seen as important. They are really crap at communication.

Because we deal with system accounts, the main way I found out that people have left is on the notification from HR to tell us to terminate any access they have.

ManagersDilemma Fri 27-May-16 22:57:10

My boss promised she'd let me tell people myself... and then she told everyone - which was completely in character. hmm The usual etiquette is to tell your manager first and then your close colleagues. I suppose how long you wait to tell others depends on how long your notice period is.

squishee Thu 02-Jun-16 12:25:50

It's done, I made my announcement on a "tour" of the office. Good to get it off my chest!
My workmates immediately asked my (nearest person to a) line manager if he knew? He said yes of course, but that it was not up to him to announce it.
Anyway, 11.5 days and counting...

ManagersDilemma Thu 02-Jun-16 22:22:34

Well done, squishee. A huge weight off your mind, I bet!

EBearhug Thu 02-Jun-16 22:36:38

I am being seconded to a different department after Friday. I sent a mail earlier today to the people outside my department that I deal with. I was telling them whom to contact instead of me, but mostly I was telling them the news, because after my manager put it in our weekly report, it seemed to have disappeared any further from the report that we feed. Almost like the person who tried to block it is pretending it's not happening. I shall not miss him (though I go back after 6 months.)

EBearhug Thu 02-Jun-16 22:41:09

He said yes of course, but that it was not up to him to announce it.
Did he tell you that before your colleagues asked? I did expect my manager would tell our immediate team, and I'm glad he got on with it, because I was struggling not to tell people. I have taken it upon myself to tell people outside the department, because I know they'd just find out by accident or not at all, or make the wrong assumptions from seeing my empty old desk.

squishee Fri 03-Jun-16 10:22:27

Thanks Managers.!

No, that was what was making me uncomfortable.
He said it in front of all my workmates when they asked him (a) if he knew I was leaving and (b) if he did know, why had he not said anything?

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