In this brief blog post, we will provide examples of a resignation letter due to bullying.
Resignation letter due to bullying
A resignation letter due to bullying can be difficult to write, especially because it can evoke many emotions.
Being in a position where you have been verbally abused in your workplace can be very uncomfortable, confusing and outrageous for some.
This is not expected behavior in the workplace since we all think professional relationships are based on respect, courtesy, and professionalism.
In some cases, when you have exhausted all the options, for instance, talking to the HR department and nothing seems to have worked then, the only available option seems to resign.
Take into consideration that verbal abuse is as hurtful as physical abuse and should not be tolerated under any circumstance.
Here we have some examples of resignation letters due to bullying you can use and adapt to your specific circumstance.
Sample 1 resignation letter due to bullying
“Dear Dr. N. Abler:
I have accepted a position at another institution. This letter serves as my two-week notice.
When some employees resign, they say something trite like, “it is with mixed emotions,” or, “my leaving is bittersweet,” because they want to express their gratitude for the opportunity they’ve been given. I can’t say I’m all that grateful because of the stressful conditions I’ve experienced in the past two years and the lack of support I’ve received.
You talk a good talk about caring for employees and creating a positive work environment, yet your actions — or rather, inaction — make me question your sincerity. You are either ignorant or don’t care about what goes on when employees routinely feel mistreated and bullied by their managers and co-workers — and are ignored by HR.
In my case, I am talking about Sam, my supervisor, who has convinced you that all is well in the department, even though employees are constantly leaving and morale is dismally low. Then, employees are discounted when we attempt to express concerns. It just goes to show how successful Sam has been at manipulating you and HR into believing what a great person Sam is when, in fact, Sam is a first-rate jerk.
I give Sam credit for being personable and friendly at times. This is evident in Sam’s relationship with you and other leaders. I’ve read that bullies are very good at playing politics and promoting themselves among senior leaders, often hoodwinking them into believing they are superior performers. Sam works hard at keeping you from seeing the bully that we see.
Sam exhibits the classic signs of a bully. Sam is manipulative, abusive, and condescending. He berates employees, insinuates that we are incompetent, and makes implicit threats if we don’t perform in the precise way he dictates. Sam also works hard at controlling our actions, keeping us from discussing projects of mutual concern with others, including leaders like you, and berates us when we attempt to do so. Sam doesn’t want you to know of our good efforts nor of behaviors that reflect poorly on Sam’s leadership.
My experience became especially painful after I made the mistake of going to HR. When I presented my concerns, I acted in a fair and professional manner, acknowledging Sam’s good qualities while noting clear behavioral issues that I should not have to tolerate. I was not out to have Sam fired, yet I paid a price. Soon after learning of my concerns, Sam retaliated, denying me opportunities that would support my professional development and chances for advancement. Clearly, HR isn’t going to do anything to protect me or challenge you, especially since you regard Sam so highly.
For a while, I blamed myself for this situation, wondering if Sam was right about my incompetence and that my inferior performance ratings were justified. I have felt physically sick and emotionally drained. But as I examined bullying a little further and what I know to be true about myself — that I have inherent worth and am a talented professional — I realized that Sam’s treatment was precisely because of my competence and because employees like me are easily targeted who are generally sociable, kind, and collaborative. I’m a threat to Sam’s fragile ego.
It’s your loss. I am excited about working with an organization that has a good reputation for caring for its employees and not tolerating bullying by anyone. Their leaders don’t waffle as you do when managers behave badly. As much as I blame Sam, I blame you more. Your blind support for Sam and refusal to see the problem doesn’t benefit anyone, including Sam who could become a better person with a little help. Employees deserve better. Wake up, stop enabling bullies, and get a backbone!”
Sample 2 resignation letter due to bullying
“Experiences over the past several months convince me that I must resign from my position as counselor, effective no later than two weeks from today. When I was initially hired at Doe Corporation, I thought that this was a company believed, as I did, that the relationship between a company and its employees should be mutually beneficial. Poor wages, infrequent raises, uncompensated overtime, routine layoffs, and an excessive workload have convinced me otherwise. Therefore, I can no longer work for a company that clearly undervalues the worth of its employees.
I want to thank you, however, for being a wonderful supervisor. I appreciate the time you took to discuss my concerns with me. I know you did everything you could to improve our working conditions, but the fact that your efforts have been persistently ignored by upper management is indicative that things are not about to change in the near future. I sincerely hope that my resignation does not adversely reflect upon you in any way.
Two weeks should provide adequate time for me to complete my assignments. According to current policy, I suspect my duties will be assimilated in the usual way. Nonetheless, I will gladly ensure that my more difficult accounts are settled before I leave.”
Sample 3 resignation letter due to bullying
“Regretfully I inform you that I must resign from my position as a counselor, effective immediately.
Three weeks ago, my supervisor informed me that a co-worker was criticizing my work. According to my superiors, she gained access to my personal files and work bins. She then alerted my supervisor and the office manager about my supposed violations of company policy and file errors. Although I may have erred unintentionally, I think it is inexcusable to allow another employee to rummage through my area without my consent. Your unwillingness to challenge this violation of my privacy makes it impossible for me to feel secure working at Doe Corporation any longer.
Because I have enjoyed working here up to this time, my decision to resign is not taken lightly. The work is both exciting and challenging. During my tenure I have gained important skills that will be useful in years to come.
I regret that these circumstances make it necessary for me to leave abruptly. In order to allow my successor to assume my duties without undue effort, however, I am leaving detailed instructions that explain each of my responsibilities in detail.”
Sample 4 resignation letter due to bullying
“Please accept this letter as official notification of my intent to resign from my position as a counselor, effective two weeks from today.
Ever since Doe Corporation hired a new manager, I have been in turmoil. The relationship between employee and manager should be one of mutual respect and support. Instead, our current manager uses bullying and verbal abuse as a management style. Unfortunately, these tactics directly oppose my personal business philosophy, which advocates a more sensitive approach. Not only is it unconscionable for me to work in such a hostile environment, it is also physically and mentally debilitating to work under such stressful circumstances.
Resigning for these reasons is extremely disconcerting but, given the circumstances, I don’t feel I have much choice. Senior management does not seem troubled by John’s inappropriate behavior toward his employees and I, therefore, doubt that changes are imminent. These present difficulties do not negate the fact that I have derived much enjoyment in years past from my employment here. Also, the training I received here is superior to that of other companies. These considerations make this decision especially difficult. I sincerely hope to find another position as rewarding as this one has been.
Two weeks should be ample time for me to orient a replacement as well as to fulfill my obligations. If I can do anything else to facilitate an orderly transfer of duties, please let me know as soon as possible.”
Sample 5 resignation letter due to bullying
“Dear Mr. Hamilton,
I am writing this letter to let you know that due to the harassment I have received since being recently promoted to assistant manager, I am hereby resigning from my job at Smith Communications. I have been subject to verbal abuse, threatening messages and other harassment since my promotion and can no longer bear the stress I am suffering in the workplace. My last day will be June 8, 2014, so please accept this letter as my official one weeks’ notice of resignation.
I apologize for any inconvenience my resignation may cause. I will not be returning to the office at all, but will fax over my current project as soon as it is completed. It is my hope that by bringing this incident to your attention, further harassment to future employees can be spared. If you wish to discuss this matter with me further, feel free to contact me at (555)-555-5555 or [email]
I do appreciate all of the valuable experience I have earned while working at Smith Communications and know that it will serve me well in future endeavors. I wish the company continued success and thank you for your understanding and patience with me during this time.
Michelle A. Banks
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Other sample resignation letters
Below are some of the other resignation letters we curated.
If you are looking for a job, you should also ideally start your job research on job websites such as Indeed.
If you are suffering from depression, anxiety, loneliness or any similar mental health issue then seeking help for it may be a good option.
Mental health issues such as depression, loneliness and anxiety can affect anyone of us.
If you are under 18 then CAMHS, an NHS run program may just be the answer for your mental health struggles.
You should look to see if you meet the CAMHS referral criteria and then fill in the CAMHS referral form.