You have found your perfect job, congratulations! However, now you must deal with the issue of RESIGNATION!
It can be quite an unpredictable time and you may feel like you are letting your current employer down. This feeling of guilt can tempt you into giving your current employer more notice than legally required, so as not to leave them in the lurch.
Read our guide on your rights and how to manage your resignation.
In the Middle East, there seems to be an issue around notice periods. Did you know that in Canada and the US, they only give 1-2 weeks’ notice, depending on the tenure of the employee? The UAE labour law states that notice period should be 30 days, unless a clause has been signed by both parties in the employment contract. Your notice period officially starts the day that the resignation letter is submitted, regardless of whether your employer ‘accepts’ it.
So why is it that even if by law you only need to give 1 month, many employees feel this is not enough, and they offer another 2-4 weeks on top of this?
Once you have resigned, your loyalty should start to switch towards your new employer, after all, they will be the company to pay your salary for the next few years potentially. Yes, you need to leave your existing employer on good terms, however, not if it is detrimental to your new employer. Think of it this way – if your employer chose to cut costs and make you redundant, is it likely they would pay you any more money than they have to? It is common practice to get a month’s salary and for a company to keep your visa open another 3 months as a gesture of goodwill.
We occasionally hear candidates reporting that they tried to resign, but their Manager did not accept their resignation. This is something which can be managed effectively if you resign in the right way. However, no employer can force you to work beyond your notice period – if you are facing this problem you can lodge a complaint with the MoHRE
How to resign smoothly
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Posted on Thursday May 23