My promotion is just around the cornerLet’s say your manager tells you that you that you’re about to land that promotion you’ve been working toward for so long. Knowing you have plans to leave, how do you handle this situation? First, consider whether this role change would materially address the specific issues causing you to consider leaving in the first place. Second, consider whether you’re ready to stick things out at the company for a significant period of time following that promotion. If you decide to snag the promotion, only to leave the company a few months later, it may not bode well for your long-term reputation, especially among colleagues.
My year-end bonus is comingYou may be only a few weeks or months away from landing a lucrative year-end bonus, which is one reason you’ve been working so hard in the first place. So if you’re planning to resign, should you wait around and bag the bonus before you take off? While this may seem like an obvious choice, I know many people who are so unhappy at work that the idea of sticking around for any bonus can be agonising. Read more: The UK’s bonus system among the world’s most unfair – CIMA Aside from, of course, considering your work obligations or the legal implications of your work contract, you should also consider the opportunity cost associated with staying. Is that cost is worth it to you?
For example, would your family life, health, or other important issues be further compromised by staying, even if it’s for a fixed period? Also, consider whether a bonus will significantly enable you to do something truly important to you, whether it’s something material like putting a deposit down on a house, or something more emotional like peace of mind.