I resigned from my last 3 employers on November 22, May 15 & July 24 respectively. If you’re looking for a pattern to those days, don’t bother as there isn’t one. Yet, I have a feeling my next resignation date could be on the 1st day of any fateful month because that seems to be the trend. I think you know the reason. Maybe we like to feel a touch heavy in our pockets before we resign! J Otherwise how else do you explain a spate of resignations on the first working day or week of every month? Well, if you haven’t heard of any yesterday, be ready to see some (and more) this week.
My initial thoughts while deciphering this syndrome were:
I got in touch with 4 of my HR friends in different industries and they concurred that 75% of resignations are in either on the 1st day of a month or the first week – indicating the trend on resignations dates linked to the post-paid syndrome.
I took the liberty to list my thoughts on presumed explanations in the following order:
In my opinion, trust with the employer takes the cake as all the remaining 4 can be discounted if ‘trust’ has been established between employer and employee. Some may argue that maybe it’s not just trust or monetary which cause an avalanche of resignations during the 1st day of a month or the 1st week.
So, let’s explore the possibility of an intellectual or emotional angle to this behavior especially if you have been “guilty” of a 1st week resignation and want to feel better about it!
My assumption that the younger or entry level workforce have a higher affinity to leave in the 1st week got busted too. I tracked resignations of many familiar people over the past year and discovered that 90% had resigned either on the 1st day or the 1st week of the month!
So for all who have resigned without looking at the calendar, I can only say “hats off”! 🙂