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resigning on CDD

I have a lot of problems in my work place and I want to quit my job with fixed term duration. The job was for one year and 6 months passed now (I work in academia) Now I am wondering what will happen if my boss will not accept my resignation?
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Old 27.06.2019, 17:02
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I have a lot of problems in my work place and I want to quit my job with fixed term duration. The job was for one year and 6 months passed now (I work in academia) Now I am wondering what will happen if my boss will not accept my resignation?
Then you have to work out the remainder of your contract
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Re: resigning on CDD

Than you fulfil the contract, or you stop working and might be liable for damages occurring from you not fulfilling the contract.

However depending on the problems you experience it might be deemed reasonable for you to leave early if the employer does not make at least a good attempt to fix the problems.

Just talk with your employer, the internet is filled with horror, but there are a truckload of happy stories out there where after a talk an agreement was reached that left both party's happy.
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Re: resigning on CDD

Have you tried to sort out the problems at your work (officially, I mean)?

If you have and it repeatedly hasn't been resolved then you would have a stronger case for cutting your contract short than having silently seethed for the last six months then issuing your boss with a resignation letter out of the blue.

Have you looked in your contract about early termination?
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Re: resigning on CDD

No. my contract has only a probation period of 3 months. Things were going rather fine in the first 3 months, but now my supervisor who was a senior scientist left the project and I am not sure I can do the job alone. The professor I work with does not know much about the project and is only hosting the project.
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Re: resigning on CDD

I agree with EdwinNL and Sandgrounder: TALK about the issues at work.

Perhaps you could make a list of all your duties, responsibilities and achievements during the first 3 months.

Then make a second list of those of the supervisor. Now that that senior scientist has left (the project? the institute? can or can't be contacted?), classify on his/her list items he/she used to do, and that now
  • you have now taken on effectively and successfully,
  • are not being done at all but it doesn't matter because they are no longer necessary
  • are not being done at all but really ought to be done, and could harm the project (how, exactly?) if not done
  • you are trying to do and partially fulfilling, although you may not be completing them properly because you lack something (what? time, knowledge, expertise, authorisation for a budget, an assistant for administration, a technical assistant?).

If the relationship with the former supervisor was good, contact him/her for advice on how to proceed.
If not, skip that bit.
Write down, yourself,
  • what you think needs to be done/fixed/changed/added,
  • for how long or by when,
  • with how many hours of labour,
  • with which level of other qualified people
so that the project will be able to be completed successfully, and what could go wrong if the measures are not soon taken.

With this analysis, ask the professor for an appointment to discuss the progress on the project, and the way forward from here.

You might consider asking for the meeting to be with all three of you, but only if the relationships are very good, in all directions, between the former supervisor, the professor and you, and if the former supervisor is still in some way affiliated to the institution.
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Re: resigning on CDD

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I agree with EdwinNL and Sandgrounder: TALK about the issues at work.

Perhaps you could make a list of all your duties, responsibilities and achievements during the first 3 months.

Then make a second list of those of the supervisor. Now that that senior scientist has left (the project? the institute? can or can't be contacted?), classify on his/her list items he/she used to do, and that now
  • you have now taken on effectively and successfully,
  • are not being done at all but it doesn't matter because they are no longer necessary
  • are not being done at all but really ought to be done, and could harm the project (how, exactly?) if not done
  • you are trying to do and partially fulfilling, although you may not be completing them properly because you lack something (what? time, knowledge, expertise, authorisation for a budget, an assistant for administration, a technical assistant?).

If the relationship with the former supervisor was good, contact him/her for advice on how to proceed.
If not, skip that bit.
Write down, yourself,
  • what you think needs to be done/fixed/changed/added,
  • for how long or by when,
  • with how many hours of labour,
  • with which level of other qualified people
so that the project will be able to be completed successfully, and what could go wrong if the measures are not soon taken.

With this analysis, ask the professor for an appointment to discuss the progress on the project, and the way forward from here.

You might consider asking for the meeting to be with all three of you, but only if the relationships are very good, in all directions, between the former supervisor, the professor and you, and if the former supervisor is still in some way affiliated to the institution.



Thank you very much for your suggestions. Indeed now the relation of everybody is not good with others. I will discuss the problems with the professor.
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Re: resigning on CDD

All the more so, if the relationships are not in a good state, then I'd urge you to go to the meeting very, very well prepared, whether according to some of my suggestions or some other system you design.

As a general rule in life (though not always true), it is mostly a bad move to resign from a job without having first tried to fix it, and/or without having a next job contract safely understood and signed.

Your aim should be to turn the situation around so that it WILL work out for you. Therefore, try to avoid that discussion deteriorating into a mere vehicle to point out all the things that are wrong, and that could make you feel more justified in resigning (and possibly make the professor glad to see you go).

Instead, try to impress the professor with your focus on helpful solutions, and demonstrate your analytical skills and how reasonable and reliable you are, by bringing your practical suggestions of what YOU (and then the professor, or someone he/she appoints) could do to improve things.

Also, listen very well to what the professor says, also between the lines, and make notes either during the meeting or as soon as you leave the room, so as not to forget what was agreed upon. I wish you courage!
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