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What Do You Do When an Employee Resigns, Then Asks to Stay?

November 9, 2023


If an employee resigns, then rescinds the request, the employer has a choice: Do they want the worker to stay or go?

If the employer determines they want the employee to stay, they should find out why the worker wanted to resign. However, if the worker is a poor performer, the employer may expedite their departure instead.

Employers often are reluctant to let employees reverse course and stay after resigning unless the workers are truly exceptional, said David Baffa, an attorney with Seyfarth in Chicago. “Most people and most employers figure that if someone quit once, they’ll quit again, and often, they do,” he explained.

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