How do I resign?

(14 Posts)
PomBearWithAnOFRS Tue 19-May-20 01:30:36

This is the first "proper" job I have ever had. I have been there 9 months, after not working since 1999.
I am going to resign, what do I do? Can they "make me" work my notice? What happens if I refuse (or get a sick note if I can in the current crisis) ?
Do I need to be specific about a reason, talk to them in person or by phone? Email?
I know I sound like a child but I honestly have no idea how the "real world of work" works iyswim.
I just want to be left alone if I'm honest, I don't want to talk about why etc, I just want to resign.
Can you please help me do it properly?
Thanks.

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DramaAlpaca Tue 19-May-20 01:43:34

These days email should be fine.

You don't need to go into details about why you're leaving, they might ask you when they receive your resignation but you don't have to say.

You will probably be expected to work your notice. If you get signed off sick then I don't think you will have to, but I'm not sure about this.

Address email to your manager, tell them you wish to resign from your post as of today (give date) and say that as you are on four weeks notice (or whatever your notice period is) your last day of service will be (insert date four weeks whatever from today).

You can thank them for the opportunity if you like, but you don't have to.

Disclaimer - I'm not an expert, but this is what I've done when resigning from a job. Someone else will be able to advise re sick leave etc.

All the best, hope it works out for you flowers

EBearhug Tue 19-May-20 01:55:36

Just give a factual resignation, along the lines of,
Dear manager,
I am informing you of my resignation. As stated in my contract, I am givng X weeks notice, therefore I calculate my last working day to be <whatever it works out as>. However, I would like to reduce this if possible.
Yours sincerely....

Do it in writing/email , so you have a record.

You don't need to give a reason, but some employers give exit interviews - you can decline this. I suspect even organisations which do, won't bother in the current way of things anyway.

They can make you work your notice, but may be willing to negotiate a shorter notice period - it could depend on the sort of work you do, how busy it currently is and ehat your manager is like. If they want you to work it and you refuse, you are technically in breach of contract, so they could sue you. I would be surprised if that happens, but if you are going to work elsewhere, you will need them as a reference, so I wouldn't want to piss them off like that. Be prepared to work it, and if you don't have to, that's a bonus.

PomBearWithAnOFRS Tue 19-May-20 03:04:41

Also, if I miss two shifts, can they put me on their system as having been off for 5 days on the sick? The shifts were one of 10.5 hours and one of 3 hours, and I worked one hour of the first one but had to go home after throwing up. I can't work out how that ends up being 5 sick days? I'm on a 20 hr/week contract...

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DramaAlpaca Tue 19-May-20 13:38:17

Not sure, but giving this a bump for you.

MrsAmaro Tue 19-May-20 13:42:30

Technically you should inform work you are not sick anymore if you have days off scheduled immediately after sick days. I think because SSP is calculated by calendar days, but any work consequences resulting from sickness monitoring only include the days you were supposed to work. If it was any of my team they just get a gentle reminder for next time though and I list them as “returned to work” at the end of the last scheduled work day they took sick.

PomBearWithAnOFRS Tue 19-May-20 20:12:03

Thank you all. I don't get sick pay so it doesn't matter now I think about it. I actually don't care anyway. I am leaving. I checked my contract and notice is one week, and I honestly don't think they will try to make me work, it's a job where a disgruntled employee could literally kill someone if they fucked up so the last thing they need is someone who doesn't want to be there.
I never would do anything obviously, but on reflection, I really don't think they will make a fuss about working the week. They aren't short staffed, nobody will be particularly inconvenienced, so it should be ok.
I talked it over with DH and he backs me so it's like the weight of the world lifting from me.
I shall email an "official" notice to my line manager, and copy HR and see what they respond.
Thanks again for your help.

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LIZS Tue 19-May-20 20:14:48

They could deduct your notice from any annual leave balance, so effectively you take the week as holiday.

bigchris Tue 19-May-20 20:16:23

Send the email the previous poster has written and then wait untilmtheyre accepted your resignation, they have to reply 'I accept and then once you have done that you can phone in sick

You can't hand in your resignation while you are off sick I think so be careful

bigchris Tue 19-May-20 20:17:09

You could just ask to take your notice as unpaid

Is it care work ?

HappyHammy Tue 19-May-20 20:23:40

The days sickness could be 5 if you didnt ring back in when you felt ok and if you were rostered 3 days off after being ill.

PomBearWithAnOFRS Wed 20-May-20 00:42:03

I'm not off sick now, I spoke to the manager on Monday and said I was better. My next rostered shift is Friday.
Even Friday to Monday wouldn't be five days though?
Anyway, I emailed manager and it turns out HR have an online form thing to fill in so I did that too.
We get paid a month in arrears if that has any effect? So I haven't/won't be paid for shifts I was then sick or left if that makes sense.
I will wait and see what they say now.
Yes, care work.

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PomBearWithAnOFRS Wed 20-May-20 19:54:23

I did it! I even spoke to my manager on the phone and it was straightforward. It turned out that I had literally days of "time off in lieu" owing, and almost a fortnight of annual leave, so I don't have to go back at all. I am so relieved! I'd worked myself into a right state blush

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DramaAlpaca Wed 20-May-20 20:12:47

Well done Pom! Now you can relax and take it easy flowers

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