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is it ethical/professional to resign after just joining new project

Preeti Jamadade
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Joined: Aug 17, 2012
Posts: 27
Hi,
I was at onsite through my current company and came back to india. from that time i have been on bench and was looking for new project in same company. Now some managers are ready to take me in new project/assignment. I am going to resign in next 15 days. Feeling like i am cheating with them and ethically its not good to just join there project and resign.


What do you guys think as i cant tell that i am searching for another job and they will be wasting there time.. i am thinking ethically ...but what should i do?
Campbell Ritchie
Sheriff

Joined: Oct 13, 2005
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Welcome to the Ranch

It all depends. Were you told at the outset where you would be working? Have you given notice already? How much notice is required of you? Are you looking for a job working for your present employer’s competitor such as might unfairly disadvantage the present employer?
William P O'Sullivan
Ranch Hand

Joined: Mar 28, 2012
Posts: 859

I would tell them.

Offer your expertise to get the project off the ground and leave on a high note.

Even if they sideline you, it's still only two weeks.

One rule in this industry: NEVER BURN YOUR BRIDGES!

WP
Preeti Jamadade
Greenhorn

Joined: Aug 17, 2012
Posts: 27
Were you told at the outset where you would be working? Have you given notice already? How much notice is required of you? Are you looking for a job working for your present employer’s competitor such as might unfairly disadvantage the present employer?


i was released from my last project at onsite and sent to offshore due to project rampdown. I haven't resigned yet as i have no other offer in hand. Thing is now i am internally getting evaluated for other projects and was really frustrated to be on bench and less package here, so started looking for other option. Now if i get into new project and i just resign, will it be ethical? i mean i will be newcomer in that project and they will start knowledge transfer and all. i am really confused and nervous about it. Hope you guys are getting what i mean.
Campbell Ritchie
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I am going to be naughty and put a different interpretation on your last post. Does what follows bear any resemblance to reality?

You have an exciting opportunity to join something new and help build it from its beginning. You have a two‑week wait before anything happens, and are getting bored and risking burning your bridges.
Preeti Jamadade
Greenhorn

Joined: Aug 17, 2012
Posts: 27
Hey Ritchie, it won't be a new project. thing is i have decided to quit this job soon. I am feeling bad as it will be like wasting time for new project manager to take me in his project. Because i think more about people, what they feel about me? Anyways, i will think about myself first and will behave professionally. I will do whatever they assign to me as they are paying me. As soon as i got something in hand, will resign. Don't want to think more.

chris webster
Bartender

Joined: Mar 01, 2009
Posts: 1784
    
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You don't have a new job, and you haven't resigned yet. So right now you are an employee who they want to put on a different project.

You can be honest with them and tell them you want to hand in your notice now, but offer to stay on longer to help with the transition if necessary. This would help you to leave the company on a more positive note, as William says, but the risk is they will say "OK, we're just going to leave you on the bench", and you cannot find another job to go to either. FWIW, I was in this situation many years ago, where I had decided to leave a company and they were planning the next year's projects and training for me. I was honest and told them my plans, and they were really great about helping me move on and gave me a great reference. Being honest worked for me, but that was a long time ago, they were a great company to work for, and your company may be very different!

Or you can keep quiet about your plans and accept that they will probably be annoyed when you tell them you are leaving their project after two weeks. This will be awkward and may make it harder to get good references when you leave, but it gives you more time to find another job. Discretion may be the better part of valour here.

To be honest, it sounds like you haven't really decided to resign yet, or you would have done so already. So maybe you should keep quiet, look for another job, then resign once you (a) have really decided to do so and (b) have a job to go to.

No more Blub for me, thank you, Vicar.
Preeti Jamadade
Greenhorn

Joined: Aug 17, 2012
Posts: 27
Finally i resigned. As a loyalty towards project and time they invested in me i did wait for all release related things to be completed (2 months ). I conveyed my feelings towards project and at night submitted my notice. Had a professional discussion before. Sometimes we need to be ethical but again it depends on people you are dealing with. Thanks for all suggestions. It really changed my approach in good way.
Campbell Ritchie
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Preeti Jamadade Preeti wrote: . . . Sometimes we need to be ethical . . .
I hope by “sometimes” you mean whenever you are awake
Thanks for all suggestions. . . .
You’re welcome
chris webster
Bartender

Joined: Mar 01, 2009
Posts: 1784
    
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Preeti Jamadade Preeti wrote:Thanks for all suggestions. It really changed my approach in good way.

Glad you did the right thing in the end, and hope your next job is more rewarding.
 
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