Sometimes our emotions get the better of us and make us make decisions that we may regret in the future. One of those decisions might be to quit a job you love, but some circumstances forced you to make that decision anyway. However, you may have second thoughts about this decision because of a change in your current circumstances, or you may change your mind after giving yourself some time to think. If this is the case, then the question remains whether it is possible to withdraw the resignation letter and do so without consequence.
Employees can withdraw their resignation, but this is no guarantee that employers will accept your request. Some may agree to your request, rejecting your resignation and perhaps offering a counter-offer to keep you with the company. Others may refuse outright because they already have someone to replace you, your terms of employment have clear provisions regarding resignation, or you may have broken bridges with your actions.
If you want to try your luck regardless of the outcome, here are 6 ways to professionally withdraw your resignation letter:
1. Write a resignation letter
When making a formal job request, you should always have documents to record. In this case, you need to write a withdrawal letter. The letter should include your apology for withdrawing your resignation and why you are withdrawing it. Make sure the letter is concise and honest.
2. Draft the withdrawal letter
If you’re having trouble writing a retraction letter, create a draft first as a guide. To get started, start by highlighting that you want to cancel your resignation when you submitted it, and indicate your last day of work. Then detail your resignation, from why you originally quit to why you want to quit. End the letter on a positive note to support your request that you want to continue working for the company.
3. Meeting with your supervisor
Contact your supervisor or team leader to discuss the issue more closely. You can consult with them about the problems that led to your resignation and find ways to improve the situation. Meeting with your supervisor can also help you determine if you can still return and give you reasons why or not.
4. Don’t threaten or beg
It is always best to have a plan ready for any eventuality that may arise during your withdrawal request. Don’t threaten or beg your supervisor because it will make you look unprofessional and untrustworthy. Whatever the outcome, accept it and make plans accordingly.
5. Show willingness to continue working for the company
When you write your resignation letter or talk to your manager about withdrawing, you must indicate that you want to continue working for the company. You must show your sincerity in order for your request to be considered.
6. Take responsibility
It would be better if you showed that you are willing to take responsibility for your actions. Your decision has consequences, in which case you have a 50-50 chance of going back to work or not. Be honest when you discuss the removal request with your supervisor or team leader to show that you are willing to deal with the consequences of your decision.
As employees, we must carefully consider every decision we make for our careers. Once the decision is made, there is no going back. If you have resigned from your position but are now reconsidering it, you can try to withdraw your resignation by following one of the steps above. However, there is no guarantee that the company will accept it, so make sure you have a backup plan.
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