Sample Resignation Letter When Unhappy With Management [2020]

resignation letter unhappy with management

A resignation letter is a formal letter authored by an employee informing the employer that they’d like to be relieved of their job duties and responsibilities. This acts as a formal notification of resignation. When the employee is unhappy with management, they may decide to include that reasoning as to why they are resigning from their current position.

Once an employee decides to write their resignation letter and submit the letter to both the human resources department and their boss, the notice period begins. This is a two-week time frame where the employee transfers their job duties and responsibilities to another colleague or new employee.

When an employee decides to say they are resigning because of their unhappiness with management, a “no notice” or short notice period may be given. This is an immediate resignation.

An employee who decides to leave for negative reasons should recognize that as they leave the company, there may not be opportunities for a future employer to use them as a reference. This is because the employee is choosing not to leave the company on a positive note.

A more professional reason for resigning would be family health issues, personal reasons, upward mobility, deciding on a career change, or needing to relocate. As an employee, deciding between telling an employer the actual reason for resigning versus leaving on good terms by telling a “white lie” is a difficult decision. It’s more advisable as a resigning employee to use the “white lie” method than to leave a current job based on disgruntled reasons.

Once the formal resignation letter has been submitted to the HR manager or HR department and boss using this reason, the employee may forfeit some employment benefits. For example, an exit interview will not be performed for this employee since they are leaving the company under negative conditions. And the supervisor may be unlikely to write a recommendation letter or provide the departing employee with career advice.

Resignation Letter Sample Due to Unhappiness with Management

Below is a sample resignation letter when resigning due to unsatisfactory work conditions (or unhappiness with management).

John Smith
123 Road, St., New York NY 11121

June 1st, 2019

Company Inc.
Sarah Doe
Senior Management
123 Business Road, New York NY 11121

Dear Joseph —

Thank you for the opportunity to work with you. While many employees would simply tell a lie and say that there is a personal reason for their resignation, I’d like to show you respect by being more honest with you. I believe this company has a high degree of potential and I have a firm respect for most of the employees who work here. Because I respect my coworkers, I'd like to say the real reason for starting my resignation process and do the “right thing”.

On October 1st, 2019 our team was looking for motivation. How we handled loss at this time made me unhappy with our leadership. And it is forcing me to submit my formal notice of resignation effective immediately. I’d like to encourage better leadership and motivation to take place.

I apologize for the inconvenience this will cause.


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Patrick Algrim is an experienced executive who has spent a number of years in Silicon Valley hiring and coaching some of the world’s most valuable technology teams. Patrick has been a source for Human Resources and career related insights for Forbes, Glassdoor, Entrepreneur,, SparkHire, and many more.


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