Last week I received a substantial offer from another company and by the time the offer arrived my boss (direct line manager) had already left for the day. So I called her up to explain my situation and discuss my departure (last day, transfer of duties etc.), or simply just book a time to talk things over.
To my dismay, she was very indifferent to me on the call, even cut me off bluntly when I attempted to explain my decision/motivation to accept the offer and move on, and said she'd need to work out my last day with the BU Director.
Honestly I was a bit shocked by this, as I really wanted my departure to be amicable and decent. The reason I called her immediately was to see if we could catch up so and see if I could help her better present my attrition to the upper management, just so to relief her of any trouble/pressure as a result of my departure.
Getting off the call I emailed her my resignation letter immediately and CC'd the BU director, as I thought since she needed to work out my last day with the director it's probably best to let the director know first hand as well.
To my surprise the director was quite eager to find out about my motivation to leave, and offered to have a chat privately. During the chat with the director I was able to gain written approval from the director on when my last day would be. However the stance my direct line manager took was quite alarming to me, as I ultimately need her approval for my offboarding to be processed...
Now almost a week's past and I was told that due to the high volume of HR queries at the moment, the response time for offboarding requests could be long.
So what should I do if my boss simply delays, w/o proper reason, to approve my resignation just to hold off my offboarding in an attempt to thwart/sabotage my onboard to the other company? Because I will need the formal release/termination papers from my current employer for onboarding to the other job I've accepted. I had documented everything much as I can to prove that I've given enough notice in adherence to company policy and local employment regulations. But what if she just plays nasty and keep me hostage?