What to do when your employee resigns


Resignations are often unexpected and happen quickly. To support a positive ending to the employment relationship, and protection for the business, there are a number of considerations to take into account operationally and with the departing staff member.




A priority is to ensure there is clarity around exit procedures and expectations of the departing employee. Considerations include:


  • Arrangements for making announcements to other staff and any customers, stakeholders or clients.
  • How they are to act during the notice period including their attendance at work, any garden leave and changes to financial delegations.
  • Reminding the departing employee about any post employment obligations such as confidentiality, restraints of trade and non-solicitation, and how these will be enforced.
  • Any payment of staff accounts, bonded training, and other debts.
  • Return of any property including passwords, pin numbers, keys, swipe cards, protective clothing, and business embossed clothing.
  • Finalising any expenses incurred such as speeding tickets or on credit cards.
  • Arrangements for an exit interview.


For help with responding to a resignation or with exit interviews get in touch with a member of the Grow HR team on (06) 878 5454 or email team@growhr.co.nz



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