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HR Tip: Withdrawing notice

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These questions are being answered by Learn HR, a market leader in the provision of HR and payroll training and nationally-recognised professional qualifications.


Q: “One of our employees told his manager to "stuff his job" and went home before normal finishing time. We took this to mean that he had resigned with immediate effect. However the following morning he came back to work, apologised to his boss for being rude, and said that he did not intend to resign. We don't want him back after this so can we safely insist that he has left our employment?”

A: No. An employee who resigns in a fit of temper can withdraw the resignation provided he or she does so promptly. And that is what your employee did. You may discipline him for his rudeness though take into account that, without prompting, he apologised. Most of us lose our temper from time to time so I think you should look at the employee's overall performance and not judge him on this isolated outburst.

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