I always worry for corporate Nigeria, because of the load of thuggery that tends to happen given business ownership structures. Many work place environments are hostile and abusive and generally, Nigerians seem to always be looking for the next best opportunity and how to move on. With the exception of those working in multinationals (Lebanese owned businesses are possibly worse than the Nigerian owned ones) many workers always seem to be looking for new jobs.
So how do you resign? Why are you resigning? What do you tell your employer who believes they are your lord and saviour who rescued you from a life of poverty even though they literally poached you from another organisation? A case whereby you tender your resignation and a company MD refuses to accept the resignation? Its only in Nigeria i have heard of people rejecting resignations.
The MD finds out you are moving on to a competitor and goes on to call the competition undignified names – “incompetent fools” were the exact words. As far as the said boss is concerned he has given you a job, however he has never acknowledged the contributions you made to the start up or the fact that your efforts generated him profits which he is now enjoying. He even brought in people to manage you, and had to sack them after he realised they were incompetent. Obviously he thought you good enough to set up operations, but not good enough to be the public face of the brand.
The scenario above is a true story and my thoughts are as follows:
1. Nigerian employers believe they have done you a favour by employing you- false! Its a mutually beneficial arrangement, at least it should be.
2. You owe no one anything with the exception of what you have agreed to in your employment contract.
3. You have a right to move forward with your life in whatever fashion you choose.
4. Any employer that decides to offer you a better package as you resign never valued you to begin with.
5. Never let an employer convince you that you can’t suceed elsewhere, the absolute worse is you will fail for a short period, but you will rise if you are determined to suceed.
Nigerian employers are generally not good at creating incentives. If someone is creating profit for you, you should be willing to offer them certain perks in addition to their standard package. There are ways to keep employees comfortable to the point that when approached by another organisation they refuse to even discuss the offer as they know they can’t get better elsewhere.
Life is basic, we align our loyalties with whoever or whatever is offering us the best opportunities and highest level of comfort (chalk that up to human nature). If you are making money off someone, make sure you are also making them very comfortable in the process. They shouldn’t feel disposable, because the moment they do – they will leave you.
I have resigned from 3 jobs in my entire life. One of them I gave the barest minimum acceptable time to exit through the doors as I couldn’t wait to get out (your guess is good, it was my first job in Nigeria). The other two i actually discussed with my bosses to see when they would be able to find my replacement and how much time they wanted me to train them for. One of the jobs i stayed on for 2 months after my declaration to resign, and my contract was at will, I could have walked away the same day i resigned technically, but my boss was amazing and oh o i forgot it was with a multinational in the Middle East and my life was super comfortable thanks to the organisation.
How have you resigned from previous jobs? Or are you in the process of trying to do so now? What are your observations or reasons?
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