3 Resignation Letters to Kiss Your Soon-to-be Ex-boss Goodbye
Even for more experienced people, a bullying boss isn’t always easy to detect until you’re a witness.
Our own team members have experienced this first hand with seemingly wonderful job opportunities- ‘I can’t believe this company has such a high turnover’ moments only to find out that yet again management is the culprit.
You’ve tried your best to adjust your mindset, behavior and expectations and now you’ve confirmed the prize is not worth the suffering required to obtain it. Firmly cutting ties in a professional and timely manner is very often the best course of action for your career development.
After all, life’s too short to suffer under someone else’s limited perceptions, bad management style, illegal practices or uncontrollable behavior.
Collectively as a team we’ve all been there, so we’ve put together 3 Exceptional Resignation Letter Examples to Kiss Your Bullying Soon-to-be Ex-boss Goodbye which we’ve actually sent to our ex-managers- let’s hope they’re not readers.
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Letter Example 1 | “I Am Leaving Due to Management’s Inexplicable Behaviour”
Dear [Insert Name],
Since joining your company, I have consistently “gone the extra mile” to try to make a success of the business, as I really believe in the product and recognise that you had real problems with lack of staff. You will see from the timing of the daily reports that I have regularly worked well in excess of the hours for which you pay me.
Since you fired [Insert Name], I have, in effect, been doing the job of several people and have willingly worked single handily every weekend. While I faced an unusually steep learning curve, largely without training or support, and have always been willing to accept justified criticism, I have had to spend far too much of my time “firefighting” because of the errors of others and you constantly changing your mind.
Nonetheless, you have totally disregarded my efforts and initial goodwill and have subjected me to a barrage of unjustifiable abuse. Your behaviour towards [Insert Name] and myself on [Date] was particularly extreme, unprofessional and out of control, as you were shouting at us irrationally and relentlessly for most of the morning and left me shaking and feeling physically sick. I should have walked out at that point but I had enough regard for the clients to work my solo Saturday shift. However, I have had the chance to reflect over the weekend and I am not prepared to accept any repeat of this.
You regularly humiliate me in front of witnesses including my work colleagues and suppliers. You gossip about me and the other staff members, trying to play us off against each other. You have called me “stupid”, “slow”, “inefficient” and screamed at me that I (apparently like my predecessor, and so many of the people you have interviewed) have “mental problems.” I have witnessed you subjecting my co-workers, [Insert Name] and [Insert Name], to the same treatment and I am aware that you have previously faced legal issues on similar grounds.
I can no longer accept your conduct which amounts to workplace bullying (see attached, from which you will see that this is an absolute textbook case) and is totally out of place in the modern work environment. It makes it impossible for me properly to carry out my duties and is a breach, on your part, of the implied terms of the employment contract. It thus constitutes constructive dismissal in law.
Please take this, therefore, as my resignation with immediate effect. You are not entitled, in law, to insist on the contractual notice period in these circumstances and I am unwilling to work out my notice in such a toxic environment as it is having an effect on my health.
This template is best suited for managers that have really crossed the professional (and illegal) line.
If you’re going to send a letter like this, just make sure you’re happy with that particular door remaining firmly shut.
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Letter Example 2 | “I Would like to Take My Vacation Days with Me”
Month Day YYYY
Dear [Insert Name],
Please accept this letter as notice of my resignation from the position of [Insert Position] at [Insert Company Name].
As per the terms of my employment contract, I will continue to work for the company for the next four weeks, completing my employment on [Date]. As I have 5 days’ untaken holiday left, I would like, if possible, to offset the untaken holiday and leave on [Date].
I have enjoyed being a part of the team and am thankful for the opportunities you have given me during my time here. If there are any areas in particular you would like me to focus on during my notice period, please let me know.
I hope that I can rely on you for a positive reference in future.
This template is best used for when management isn’t the worst you’ve had, but you really can’t bare to finish out your notice.
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Letter Example 3 | “I Will Be Leaving Due to This Toxic Working Environment”
Dear [Insert Name],
Please accept this letter as formal notification that I am resigning from my position as a [Your Position] at [Company Name].
I am saddened by the end of what seemed like an exciting opportunity and I would have liked to have continued to give my all to assist the company to succeed in its expansion but unfortunately, I do not feel that I can continue to work with you. I was hoping that I would flourish and learn under the guidance of you and your team members but I have found the behaviour of a few individuals too difficult to cope with.
I am young, hungry, skilled and I am confident that I have much to give but I cannot see how anyone can learn and progress under this style of management. I would contend that the unreasonable behaviour I’ve experienced here constitutes a breach of the terms of my employment and therefore I am not obliged to serve any period of notice.
I would be grateful if you can arrange for the salary that I am owed up until today be paid as soon as possible.
I thank you for giving me the opportunity,
This template is great in expressing disappointment that the working environment was not as it was pictured to be. It also puts firmly reminds your previous employer of what you are owed.
Catherine Mattice Zundel, an internationally recognized expert in workplace bullying, explains why bullying happens and how to empower yourself to improve your situation. She provides action steps and role-play scenarios to help those who are bullied build up their confidence and confront the bully, prepare documentation to bring to a conversation with HR, and more.
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So there you have it, send that to the Miranda Priestly in your life.
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You’ll also create a solid process for achieving your goals and bouncing back from challenging situations, communicate effectively for others, and become a problem solver.
At Never the Right Word, our aim is to give you practical examples of how to handle life’s difficult conversations. If you have an awkward situation that you’d like example templates for, request a topic here.
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