Is it better to give my resignation to HR directly instead of my boss?

Should you go to HR or your boss when it's time to hand in your resignation? Find out the pros and cons of both approaches and get advice on how to make the best decision.

It's generally better to give your resignation to your boss directly, rather than to HR.

Bosses will try to understand and possibly fix the problems. HR has to go by the book.

This allows you to have a conversation with your boss about your reasons for leaving, and to discuss any important issues or concerns that you may have.

It also gives your boss the opportunity to provide feedback or to ask you to reconsider your decision, if necessary.

Give your resignation to your boss. It looks better on you.

Additionally, giving your resignation to your boss directly shows that you have the courage and professionalism to handle difficult situations directly, rather than avoiding them or letting someone else handle them for you.

It also allows you to maintain a positive relationship with your boss and to leave on good terms, which can be beneficial for your future career prospects.

When is it then better to give the notice of resignation to HR?

Of course, there may be some situations in which it's better to give your resignation to HR instead of your boss.

These may include:

  1. If you have a particularly difficult or toxic boss, you may want to speak with HR in order to protect yourself and to ensure that your resignation is handled properly.
  2. If you're concerned that your boss may react negatively or try to persuade you to stay, and you'd prefer to avoid a confrontation.
  3. If you're worried about your safety or well-being, and you feel more comfortable speaking with HR about your decision to leave.
  4. If your company has a policy in place for giving notice of resignation, and you want to follow that process.

In general, however, it's best to give your notice of resignation directly to your boss.

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