10 Things to do and not-to-do at the time of Resignation in Saudi Arabia

Being a member of the expatriate community in Saudi Arabia, I will have to admit that we do not follow the etiquettes of resignation. There are several cases reported even in my office when at the time of resignation, people do something which is against them.

I mean, I will never appoint them again not for the work they have done on their job but the way they have resigned from the job. Today I am going to explain the do's and don'ts of Resignation which you should follow at the time of resigning from your job.

01-Giving notice: When you want to resign, it is a good practice that you give a notice bit earlier. Let’s suppose give your company about 2 months advanced notice.

There are options for you to quit earlier, you can always request for that. We have covered the notice period as per Saudi Labor Law in this link – Notice Period under Saudi Labor Law

02-Write a resignation letter: It is ideal if the employee submits a formal resignation letter in the company office even if you said it on phone or on the face. You don’t need to write long stories.

Just cut short it by informing that you want to leave and the quitting date. You may give many reasons for that you can easily search. The reasons may be good offer somewhere else, relocation, personal issues, moving back to the homeland, and many others.

03-Cleaning your PC: When working in an office you surely have a personal computer where you save your personal files, emails or stuff which is something very important.

When you give notice for your resignation, there are possibilities in some cases that your boss gets angry and shows you the door right there and then; in that case, you should be well prepared.

Before submitting the letter, clear your computer from all personal files to avoid such situation. Also, make sure you have contact details of everyone you want to be in touch with in future.

04-Don’t pin down the real reason: No matter how much you hate that office, colleagues, your boss or it is better for your career, there might be several reasons for quitting, it is better not to pen it down in your resignation letter showing your hatred.

You never know when this might haunt you back or you may regret it later in life. It’s better to be on safe side always as it is kept in your employment file.

05-Always inquire about the details: When you are leaving, you should have all the details about employee benefits and the salary you are entitled to after quitting.

You should know about the terms and conditions related to your End of Service Benefits. I would suggest you read into the “Rights of Expatriates in Saudi Arabia” as well.

06-Leave on good terms: Don’t be negative about the company or anything related to it when you are quitting. There is no point in being negative when you are already moving on, leave on good terms and discuss with your co-worker the bright and positive sides of working for that company.

07-Do not Brag: Don’t brag about your new job unnecessarily. You won’t wish to hurt your ex-co-workers by making them feel bad as they’ll be missing you after you leave and you are a step ahead of them by having a new good job

08-Offer to help: Help them if you can during your transition and afterward as well.

09-Ask for a reference: There is no harm in asking your boss or colleagues to write a recommendation or reference letter for you that may be on your LinkedIn profile. This will make your CV even better and help you in your future endeavors.

10-Leave with a goodbye: Take out time and leave everyone with a proper goodbye or farewell message be it via email, message or phone.

Do inform them about you moving on to a new position, retiring or what you are doing in your life with contact details to stay in touch in future as well.

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