The “Flight" Option
Forced resignation is equivalent or, in some cases, even worse than dismissal from a job. The “flight" option when forced to resign from a job entails trying to make this experience as seamless as possible, and trying to eke out the best from a bad situation. Three such approaches include:
1. Quitting gracefully in exchange for a good reference.
If a company is determined to get rid of an employee, the best option for the employee may be to quit gracefully in exchange for a good reference, and a possible recommendation to some other company. A background check is an indispensable part of the hiring process, and unfavorable feedback from a previous employer is a major obstacle to securing a new job.
2. Taking a break and re-evaluating options.
The forced resignation might actually be a blessing in disguise, provided the employee puts forth an effort to perform a serious and honest introspection.
An employer might force resignation on an employee for one of the following reasons.
- Unsuitability for the job in terms of skills deficiencies or unreliable work behavior.
- Employee’s basic nature or personality orientation not suited to the job, such as an introverted person doing a marketing job.
- Habitual lateness, frequent absences, alcohol abuse or other behavioral issues.
- Inability to maintain good interpersonal relationships with co-workers or customers, or low social IQ.
- Inability to maintain focus or pay proper attention to work due to family or other distractions.
The employee can try to find out what went wrong and work on developing shortcomings to avoid repeating such situations. This might also be the time to make a career change or acquire new skills.
3. Work on new terms.
At times, the employer might try to force an employee’s resignation not due to any issues with the employee as such, but due to other factors such as the company going through bad times, or an unfavorable external environment such as a recession. In such cases, the employee may want to express willingness to agree to a change of employment terms such as a lower designation or lesser salary as an alternative to resignation.
In most cases, the “flight" options score better than the “fight" options, for in the latter case, most victories obtained are quite pyrrhic.