I resigned on Friday.
I had a tough day as I knew I didn’t want to tell my manager early on so I had my letter stashed away until mid-afternoon and had butterflies in my stomach. The toughest part of the day was the 2 hour team-bonding lunch we had where I ended up sitting next to my manager and opposite his!
I’m glad I took the time to work out in advance the way I would approach this with him as I still have a month to work until my employment ends. I want to leave with colleagues respecting me and without leaving loads of unfinished work behind (as that’s simply not fair on people I like).
I emphasised the positives and the things I would miss about the team but as I had no intention of staying even with a fantastic counter offer I also stated the reasons why the move was important to me. He took it surprisingly well and accepted it without subjecting me to a weekend to reconsider or a counter offer.
The main reason is that my commute will reduce by an hour each way giving me an extra 10 hours per week. That will make a major difference to my life and not one to which this company could produce a counter offer.
Now to get prepared for the new role and negotiate a week off between the two periods of employment… 5 years ago