After Resignation and during the Notice Period

I had to leave an MNC due to some domestic problems and for the last few years I have been in Hyderabad, at my native place, along with my family. I have taken up a job there. Before leaving the MNC I had to serve the notice period which was for 3 months. Even after the exit interviews I was given a task of briefing and handing over papers properly to my successor and also make out some procedures in supply chain management. I completed the task along with my successor and the management was very happy. This inspired me to write this article.

If you have resigned recently, an understanding of the notice period clause in your employment contract will help you last in the final few days in the organization without attracting any major embarrassment.

Why do companies incorporate a notice period norm in the contract? A clause of certain number of days of notice is included in the appointment letter so that the management can organize a proper replacement of the employee. Arranging a replacement is no such an easy task. Recruitment is a time consuming process and the notice period works as cushion or a buffer against the sudden absence of an employee from work.

Once an employee has resigned, it is not uncommon to find a sudden change in his behaviour. From lower levels of commitment to work and absenteeism without notification to not handing over responsibilities properly, there can be various issues pertaining to employee behaviour at work. It is important to remember that even during the notice period one is bound to the organization and the capacity in which he /she has been working. Employers and employees should part their ways on a happy note.

Attrition is common to all the industries. Employers should understand that former employees also promote their brand image in the job market.  Whether to promote a positive or a negative brand image is completely in their hands. Likewise,the employees should note that their employment was winning bread for them. For the sake of the cream, they cannot abandon the bread in a huff.

Employees should not start treating the notice period as time pass. They should continue to observe the work rules as they did before their resignation.  An employee is asked to leave either due to poor performance or in case the company is not doing too well. In either cases the employees should not lose hope. The worst thing to do would be to get impatient and act foolishly or be uncooperative. The employee must not lose his calm or try to take vengeance against the employer or anybody else in the organization.

In many cases, the present job can serve as a mirror for future employment in the form of referrals. The employee should look for new opportunities and not spoil the future prospects by taking it too personally and not working to his fullest capacity during the notice period. Being a little courteous with the employers can go a long way. They (employers) might actually be of help by being great references. Moreover today’s tactic is never to mess up work relations. Hence, the best rule is to leave in a dignified manner.

Clearly, a notice period serves as a time to look ahead. For optimistic individuals it can turn into a good period for exploring future paths. While serving a notice period, you can keep looking for multiple opportunities so that you can select the best option and offer your services to the best. But do note that this should not be at the expense of pending work at your present company. One must understand that it’s not just about you; it’s the employer who also gets affected by such things.

With the revival in the job market, companies want to hold on to their employees with critical skills and they may be becoming stricter with regard to serving of full notice periods. Notice period negatively impacts an outgoing employee with a good offer but as more firms realize the benefits of honouring notice periods they will also keep positions on hold for deserving candidates. At the end of the day it is important to handle any career and uphold your dignity. The resigned or outgoing employee must keep the following in mind:

Adhere to all procedures, notice period, not taking leave etc. Companies expect you to complete the work at hand and one should not take the employers for granted.

Offer to do a knowledge transfer /  handover on the project and train the successor(s) or team members.

If you choose to use an e-mail to notify your colleagues about the exit, providing your contact information is important as people will remain part of the network. Keep your boss informed of pending issues.  You should use exit interviews judiciously and not be part of any controversy.

Don’t leave without proper papers of relieving even if the organization you are going to join says that it does not matter.  You need not inform everyone that you are leaving; keep only those who matter to you informed.

Keep the desk and work station clean and always organize the drawers and clean it up for your successor.

Never spread negativity amongst the co-workers if you are not satisfied. Be professional and act professionally.

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  • Uniticon

    Good one everyone should understand this, you should leave your positive things not the negative when you quit. People should remember even after you quit, its all depends on how you behave during notice period.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Archana

    Thanks sir for this article. This will really helpful to begginer like us in future.


    Well written article, meaningful. It is rightly pointed out the shortcomings in employees who leave the present job in a huff. Whatever may be reason for leaving the organisation, it is always better to leave on a happy note. Each and every organisation struggles to get the right kind of replacement and the lead time is invariably from one to three months. It is not like something that the HR in that organisation pick up somebody from the warehouse and replace it, as if it is a component in an equipment. Employees who have put in their papers dont realise this effort on the part of the management. I wont call it greediness on the part of leaving the organisation, in order to get the pay hike he is contemplating in the new organisation, but rather eager to join the new organisation. In his earnestness he or she does not care about the situation that will arise in the organisation where he has put in his papers.

    I, as Head of HR of a large business unit, have struggled a lot during my tenure.
    I am quite happy that somebody has echoed my sentiments !

    All the best Mr. Rama Rao.

    NK Sundaram
    HR Consultant cum Softskill Trainer

  • Shamina

    Dear Sir,

    I am a newcomer in this network .and I find it really worth reading your articles related to different areas of HR. As an HR person , i had somany queries which arebeing cleared through your articles and this network.

    Thank you so much for this article .It is really good .Expecting more good advices from you.

    Thanking you
    With Regards

  • Kranthi

    Good article , but it always depends on the person and the organization, If you read this article : Hierarchy – Limits the Growth, It shows the other side .
    Always choose a job which you love and you never have to work a day in your life.


  • Ashok Shrivastava

    Whatever may be reason for leaving the organisation, it is always better to leave on a happy note. you dont know, you may have to come to the same organisation due any reason. people should always remember you when you leave the organisation

  • Jessica

    good article….thanks for sharing

    usually, people may forget what you said but they will not forgot what you done… be professional, disregards what position you in too….

  • Manjeshgkamath

    The above article is too good for both Employer and employee where an employee is working sincerely for a long period and employer has good relation with the employee. Even the company is so good and a middle level manager is not allowing the subordinates to relieve from the organization what is the best way. Why i am writing this is i got an opportunity in some MNC where they need the relieving letter from the previous employer and I never received the same on time and I lose the opportunity. Ironical thing is that my manager has spoken with the new employer to extend my joining date and both the persons stand on their policies and I lose the opportunity.Any way after that I with drawn the resignation and continued there for another 3 months. Then again my manager asked me to plan for shifting myself to some other region and I got irritated and given resignation for second time , Then completed notice period and exited. This time I never have a job waiting for me and I received the relieving letter after 3 months of my resignation. In my knowledge the same manager continued the same behavior to other people also.Even my colleagues never received a relieving letter from that company. Thanks to god who gave some good opportunity after a year in some other company. But with a lower package. I surprise why such kind of managers are behaving like this and spoiling their subordinates future. God sake I never do such mistakes in my life and spoil my juniors career.

  • Ashokkumar

    Really its good one

  • sundeep

    Very nice and informative article.
    Thanks for dissipating such useful thoughts.


  • Anuradha Jain

    great concluding lines

  • Bapu Kadam

    The article is very good and at right time. It is said that ‘never burn the bridges behind you’. You never know when you will meet your present boss again or you may have to comeback to same organisation with more responsibilities in future. Therefore it is always good that one must leave with positive notes. At end of the relations will make you or break you.
    Bapu Kadamday



  • Neelamdeepak


    Its good to share such experience as most of he employees react in unprofessional way when they quit. But this is also an implication to employers as they suspect employee who is leaving and harras in one way or other.

  • Humanhours

    very true…this is a situation which everyone working has to face one day irrespective of the number of years and quality of work done in the organisation

  • Tarfa

    A great article both employees and employers can leran from. Thanks.


    The article is good and more suggestive, help to take appropriate decision while quitting the existing job.

  • Shankarbinod

    Very Good one, But what to do if the Company does not give salary for the last 4-5 Months & suddenly ask to leave without settlement

  • Ashok Shrivastava

    even then one should not condemn the company and should leave with a positive note. god knows when the situation in the company improves, you may be recalled back at a higher post with higher remunerations.

  • Ritu Lather

    really great & useful 4 fresher like me

  • Ritu Lather

    really great & useful fresher like me.

  • Pavan Guptaddn

    excellent words i really impress

  • Pavan Guptaddn

    excellent words pavan gupta dehradun.

  • vinod yadav

    Dear All

    Dear All Senior

    I want to suggest any employee join 2 month before & after two month giving the resign.but employee not give time any day notice period next day leave .so can you suggest company take the one month salary her employee.becoz employee right now provision period .so employee will give the salary one month your company .

  • Magesh

    The above article is good

  • Sr

    excellent article, its so true that v go through a tough time until v get relieved

  • Sureshaa

    Sir, I am working as Assistant Professor in an engineering college. I recently gave my resignation on July 2nd but was asked to continue for 3 months as per the notice period clause. They have now conveyed that I will be relieved by end of December since it affects the present semester academic schedule.  

    They gave a promotion from assistant professor to associate professor to all other staff in my cadre. They did not give it to me saying that I will be quitting soon. 

    Is there a way I can question this? 

  • mystic

    I think the notice period cuts both ways. Often there is not much for the employee to contribute to its past employer requiring presence of three months. This depends on the nature of the job. I have seen situations where the employer simply wants the employee to suffer as he is going to a competitor or out of pure spite for leaving the company. In cases such as this it is natural for the employee to loose his motivation or spout negativity. Also I have seen situations that companies create pressure on the employee to resign on his own so that they can avoid paying notice pay. Tactics used are often sudden transfers to other town, different departments or significantly lowering of the employees profile. They also include verbal abuse and bullying in office. These are done by companies to avoid paying notice pay,