Resigning via email?

 I searched the sub, but didn't find an answer, but am newer to Reddit and only hang out in a few subs. My apologies if common question.

From an HR perspective, it is acceptable to resign via email, or should I have a conversation with my boss, or reach out directly to HR? I have been in the same job and commuting weekly for years, and I need a break. I am tired of working 12 hour days 5 days a week and never getting to work remotely and miss my son who is turning 5. I am also tired of the 80 or so mile commute down and back home each week.

Most of my other roles have been contracting roles, so not sure of the best etiquette. I don't plan on ever working here again, but also don't want to be a jerk to my coworkers, etc.

Thanks for the advice in advance!


Just to summarize all the advice here in a structured plan:

- Resign directly to your boss in the way you primarily communicate. For the vast majority of people, this will be in-person or over a phone call. While e-mail is an option it would be considered rude to do so over email if you frequently speak face-to-face or over the phone.

- Once you have finished your communication with your boss, send a follow-up email, cc'ing HR. This email could be incredibly brief ("Dear Boss, following up on our earlier conversation this is my official letter of resignation, effective X date. Please let me know if you have any questions. It has been a pleasure working with you.") Or could be longer including a few sentences thanking them for the opportunities they've given you, etc. There are a lot of templates online.

- If you have to resign via email without first talking with your manager, I would email them directly without cc'ing HR but write in the body of the email that you will forward the email to HR so they are informed. Then forward to HR.

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