How should I quit a job when working remotely?
In my many years of working remotely as a manager and executive I have seen plenty of people quit even the most sought after remote jobs for variety of personal and professional reasons. Not everyone is cut out for remote work and sometimes the realities of a specific position just aren’t right for an individual. The people who resign politely and professionally are they ones who can count on good references regardless of the reasons behind their departure.
When it becomes to much or you finally have confirmation of a new position, here’s how I suggest you go about formally quitting your current remote position.
Email your supervisor or manager first thing in the morning and request a meeting as soon as possible via phone or video/audio conference (Hangouts, Meet, Skype, etc), be sure to suggest a time that works for you and don’t just leave it open. Choose the communication method that is considered normal for voice communication at your company.
When you are on the call, be professional and don’t get caught up in a lot of small talk before breaking the news. Chances are they already suspect what is coming and immediately talking about unrelated topics makes it harder for you and more awkward for them. It’s amazing how experienced managers can tell that someone is giving notice just by the tone of the meeting request.
Never resign via email unless there is absolutely no other option. It is professional courtesy to quit personally and a phone call is the closest you can come when working from home. No matter how tempting it is to avoid a conversation about your decision, resigning via email can set the process off on the wrong foot.
That said, when you are done with the phone call, email your supervisor and put your resignation in writing, mentioning the phone call. There will likely be a formal process that he or she will need to you to follow, but the email is proof that you made the phone call and the email is proof of the date and time that you gave notice in case that is ever questioned.
Good luck with your new position and thank you for the question.