BLUF: My friend (really), a retail store manager for a mid-sized specialty store was unexpectedly asked to resign his position. His choices: give 45 days notice and leave with a letter of recommendation or get managed out in the next 45 days. What to do? I'd love to hear the thoughts of the brilliant M-T forum community.
There are 20+ stores in his region and all have year over sales down 5-9%. His store is down 12%. His manager has only recently started talking about his sales performance but has not given him any feedback or coaching. Up until very recently, the company has sent him to stores in other states to help turn around the ones that are new or struggling.
My friend was totally caught off guard by the ultimatum posed by his manager and asked for a day to consider his options.
My advice? Given the facts he provided, I told him he should not give his notice of resignation. In my mind, his employer wants him to resign because they've not taken the right steps to manage him and now want him out. I suggested, instead, that he decline the offer to resign and focus on getting another job. He is afraid of what "being fired" will do to his job hunt.
Anyone out there want to give their opinion?