Senior HR: It’s not as simple as you think! Three Resignation Minefields You’d Better Avoid

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I have been working in human resources for 20 years, and I have been in a supervisory position for more than 15 years. I have seen hundreds of thousands of workers of all kinds leave a company.


Minefield 1: No matter what position you are in and how deep your seniority is,
the Labor Standards Act stipulates that the notice period will be a few days away, and there is no room for negotiation

Is there anything wrong with resigning according to the prescribed number of days?

The number of days of separation stipulated in the Labor Standards Act is the minimum standard of the law and is provided for both the employer and the employer to follow. That is to say, it is only a basic principle that can be applied in most cases, but it needs to be modified in special cases. For example, a senior employee who has nothing to do and no interest in work proposes to resign. In fact, the handover can be completed within a day or two. As long as the two parties coordinate properly, he can even propose today and leave tomorrow. However, based on their own legal rights, the employees will insist on receiving full salary until the full number of days in advance.

The situation to be discussed here, in turn, is that you have announced your resignation according to the legal time, but the company needs you to stay longer.

Start by establishing the following mindset:

Former employers who want you to stay longer are usually not trying to cheat on you! It’s that he really needs it.

I once saw that the supervisor of a key position who was highly valued during his tenure proposed to resign in July. The boss could not keep the person, so he hoped that the other party would stay until the end of the year. What the boss thinks is “I need time to find someone, and I need you to bring this person, and I can only leave after getting started. How can you not even think of this when you are so experienced!”

Seeing this, I know you might be laughing, “Have I signed a contract of sale? It is my responsibility to leave a job, and whether someone will take over?” In fact, it is not uncommon for bosses to have this kind of thinking. The old club played both soft and hard ways, which really put you in a dilemma.

In this case, I suggest that you take the initiative to stand on the perspective of the old employer, and properly plan the candidates for the handover and the emergency measures during the vacancy period. In other words, the more you can actively help him deal with the impact of your resignation, the higher the chance you will leave on time as expected. Don’t just throw the impact on your old employer just because you are about to resign.

The most perfect breakup is to actively cultivate your successor and recommend him to take over your position when you leave, but this ideal state rarely happens.

Next, in order to fulfill the old club, it is inevitable to eat a little bit of tofu from the new club. Give a good reason to postpone the report time for a week or two, for example, the former employer is so kind, you are in an important position, the impact of resignation is too great, etc. Most future employers will be willing to accept a slightly delayed report time.

But don’t overeat this tofu. For example, if you propose to postpone the registration for more than one or two months in one breath, if there is no good reason, this action may cause the other party to think that you have second thoughts and want to regret the marriage, and approach the second person instead. It is not worth the loss if you end up with two empty ends.

Use your deep affection for your old employer to declare to your future employer: “You will treat every ex-boyfriend (female) friend kindly.”



Minefield 2: Bearing humiliation for 3,000 days, but at the last moment, choose to die together

In the experience of switching jobs a few times, have you switched mainly because of push (with excruciating factor) or because of pull (with better chances)?

I believe that thrust accounts for the majority of the answer, or at least it is because of thrust that we start to look at opportunities externally, and then resign firmly because of good pull. However, the intensity of this thrust varies from person to person. Some people have been tortured by their supervisors or environmental culture for several years, and they all insist on walking with their waists bent for five buckets of rice, but choose to straighten their backs at the last moment. Whistleblowing, making public what your supervisor or a colleague who has been persecuting you for a long time is doing.

When I was young, I often imagined that when I left my job, I would write a ten-thousand-word letter to the company. The letter was lying in the mailbox as a draft, and it was revised every year, but (fortunately) it was never sent. If the company or the boss has let you down in some aspects for 10 years, why do you think that a big resignation revelation can make things right, or you just think crudely, you are going to leave anyway, and there is no burden anymore? Because of your revelation (suggestion), the company decided to intervene in the investigation?

I have actually encountered such cases, but frankly, the probability is very low.

If you are really sorry and don’t want to work so painfully, you should analyze the chances of winning, try to counteract every step of the way during your tenure, or collect evidence, and react when you have the right time, instead of choosing to write a black letter at the moment of resignation; if there is no chance of winning , it is better to finish the last part of the road quietly, since I have endured it for several years, the last few days are not bad.

Either refrain from haste and use patience, or vote with your feet, the last thing you should do is burn everything together.


Minefield 3: Trying to be comfortable and being yourself, “being resigned” only lamented the loss of the right to choose a job

The third minefield is often found in middle-aged and elderly workers, the so-called mid-life crisis in the workplace. Due to the limited space for learning and growth, it is easy to be replaced by cheap and hard-working back waves, and because of high salary, narrow skills, and few job opportunities, they are forced to lower their jobs (demotion and salary reduction).

Mid-life crisis usually does not need to wait until middle age, but begins to sprout in the age range of 30 to 40. In addition to the stagnation or backwardness of work skills and output value that will directly lead to work crisis, workers in the following situations Choice, which also affects a company’s willingness to continue hiring:

  • When the company implements various change measures, do you often play the role of a bad-mouthing rebel, or an early changer?
  • When the regime changes, do you always cherish the memory of the predecessors, or actively adapt to the new managers?
  • As a senior person in the unit, do you take the initiative to become a bridge between the juniors and the leadership, share the worries and relieve the labor, or are you more willing to be alone?
  • When you become a senior employee, do you make your colleagues feel that you are their solid backing, or are you a difficult old ass?

There are many similar questions that can predict the probability of a person being fired.



It is an indisputable fact that Taiwan’s job market is not friendly to middle-aged and senior employees. However, it is difficult to fight against social phenomena on our own. Because everyone has a day when they enter middle age.

Keep pace with the times and preserve your value. When the crisis comes, you at least have the ability to stand up again.

It is the last thing we want to see when we work hard at work and make trouble when we leave. The social influence of the company or supervisor is not equal to you as a small employee, so you have no option to break up.

Enmity in the Workplace is not a best-selling novel where bad guys get what they deserve in the end, and a peaceful breakup is already the best ending.

It is known that there is thunder ahead, so walk carefully.


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