Resigning with new offer
Hi guys - In your blog on resigning after receiving an advance bonus payment I alluded to that situation arising in my career soon. Then you had to go and start a series of casts dealing with resigining on almost the same day that I received a job offer! Timing is everything - I just happen to be just a little ahead of you...
Here's the situation: I have been working for a company (away from home) for a little over 3 months. I was brought by a friend who offered the opportunity as a "challenge." He actually resigned at the same time as he offered me the position and because of family in the area I chose to proceed. In the short three months I have come to realize the meaning of a dysfunctional company; nearly insurmountable logistics issues, people issues, dwindling credit lines and enormous losses ($1.8M first qrtr loss blamed on our operational inefficiencies and 3 of 6 Boad members just resigned this month).
My friend who moved on the greener pastures with a highly profitable, people oriented company who actually [i]practices[/i] the people development styles and performance tracking that I have learned so much of from your casts, has now invited me to join him in greener pastures. I usually warn my people that the grass isn't always greener but in this instance, I think it's a bright, vivid green.
I have been given a start date of August 14th - 2 weeks from Monday. Although I don't have a lot vested in my current employer, I will have a difficult time in turning in my resignation because of the personal relationships that I have developed and the sense of "hope" that my directs have attributed to my presence. I was prepared to turn in my letter this week but the CEO was visiting today and tomorrow and I didn't want my departure to disrupt his time here.
I plan on accepting the offer after a few details about temporary living expenses are amended but I need to know with only two weeks notice, what will be most important to accomplish in that time? Is there anything else I should know from the future casts on resigning that you could leak while I still have the opportunity? Is it normal to feel slightly guilty for leaving a company that so desperately needs help even if the opportunity is more beneficial to my family as well as my career?