Tricked Into Resigning?
October 24, 2009
A reader writes:
I work at a small company for now. 3 and a half people (the half being a part time contractor). There is no HR. The boss is HR.
I have had several therapy sessions trying to figure him out. My therapist thinks he is an attention-deficit narcissist. He won’t apologize, take responsibility, or listen. He disregards years and years of software engineering common knowledge, experience, and wisdom. He think it doesn’t apply to him or something.
I am an unruly employee. I have been outspoken in an attempt to bring our company out of the stone age and do things better. My boss will not listen. I tried everything and finally exploded.
We mutually agreed verbally that I would become a contractor and change our relationship. I would send a resignation letter, he the contractor paperwork, basically the same rate, la di da.
I sent him a PDF copy of a resignation letter where I wrote the signature using Microsoft Paint (basically) and sent it to him.
He informed me this afternoon the contract stuff may not be a possibility.
I have been looking for a month and a half to get out of this job and now I’m obviously going to have to. However, I feel like I’ve been totally screwed. His idea of how we were going to proceed changed after I sent him a letter.
Do I have any recourse until I find another position?
HRPeople's Layoff Survival Kit
First, you may want to rescind your resignation. Of course, you clearly need to get out of there anyway, but I’m assuming you’d rather do that on your own timeline rather than his, and it seems like your resignation was clearly part of an overall plan and not something you would have offered without the contracting agreement.
So let’s clean this part up first. You want to do this both in writing and in person (because doing it only in writing comes across as too aggressive — you want it to be primarily an in-person conversation, followed up by a written document).