in my workplace I have a line manager who reports into on overall manager. He in turn then reports to the division head, one below the MD. If I was to tender my resignation, who would I give it to?
Normally your direct supervisor. So unless there's a policy document saying otherwise your line manager. You'd only go up the chain if the first person on it is out of the office or otherwise unavailable.
If in doubt do the following
- Resign to the person who is in charge of performance reviews and gives you your rating.
- Do this in person
- Bring a resignation letter to the meeting. Nothing fancy, just statement of resignation and date.
- Give the letter to your manager during meeting
- Directly after the meeting send a copy of the letter to HR and any other manager who may be in the loop on this.
- If your manager asks you to do something else, just go along with that
When in doubt, your human resources department is the fallback. If you're unsure, go to the people who are trained and tasked with handling the human resources of the company.