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Notice when leaving a job

  • What's the wisdom these days on giving notice? Is 2 weeks still the general rule?
    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Nataly on 20th April 2007
  • I think it depends on how critical your role is at the job, how important it is not to burn a bridge and the reason for your departure. I've given previous employers a month's notice and offered to help phase in someone new. If it is "just a job" - the kind you clock in and out of - then 2 weeks is absolutely sufficient.

    I also prep a spiral notebook and do a brain dump so they: a. don't contact me after I leave to ask where things are; b. don't bad mouth me after I leave to say I left things in disarray.

    Okay, maybe I'm a bit obsessive but I know I could go back to any former employer at any time and ask for a job if I needed it. Thankfully, I've been self-employed for years now!

    Keep in mind that some employers freak when you give notice and so your best laid plans for working out a month's notice could be out the window and you'll be escorted out the door immediately.
    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Aliza Sherman on 22nd April 2007
  • Thanks, Aliza - really helpful perspective - but the last part of what you wrote is something I've had to deal with before - and it was not just a job, I was fairly senior, but the most senior guy at the company just could not deal with people quitting without his firing them, if you know what I mean. I do think that giving sufficient notice is important and the right thing to do as to not burn bridges.

    What type of work do you do?
    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Nataly on 22nd April 2007
  • Two weeks is still the rule of thumb, but it varys with each employer. An employee with access to confidential info may be given her paycheck and asked to leave that day. Or there may be non-compete clauses at work that actually prevent you from continuing work if you've signed with another employer.
    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Heather Cook (Writeonmama) on 20th September 2007
  • My last employer insisted on FOUR WEEKS NOTICE!!! i told him he was insane, but granted his wish - luckily it happend to work out for the best. We are still friends (he is actually lazily attempting to woo me back ... ) so i have told him in all honesty, 4 weeks is not very friendly. Especially when you expect someone who you are bringing on board to be ready to jump at any second!!!

    a sign, perhaps?
    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Kate on 24th September 2007
  • I agree with Aliza that it depends a lot on why you're leaving, where you're going, and your level in the organization. Two weeks is still the standard. I'm in an organization where people have given less, and I think it's an insult unless they're leaving due to a true personal emergency.

    I would never give less than two weeks, but I've given as many as six, which did allow for hiring and some overlap with my replacement. If you and your employer want that, longer notice is definitely better, especially in a higher-level role. However, if you're headed into another position, how long they're willing to wait for you to start is a factor too - since they might want some overlap and training with you and the person you're replacing there.

    The best deal is giving enough notice so that you can pad the time between your last day at the job you're leaving and your start day at a new job, since you may not get vacation for awhile.
    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Florinda Pendley Vasquez on 24th September 2007
  • One time when switching companies, I went out of my way to give more than 6 weeks notice, and to arrange to work part-time for both companies for a month (to see the project to a certain milestone), because the position required a security clearance and I knew it would take that long for them to get clearance for my replacement. Was it appreciated? NO. Three years later, when I began to look for part-time contract work, my old manager approached the VP and CEO about hiring me for a project, and was told they weren't comfortable because I had left the company. I will never give more than two weeks in the future.
    Flag as inappropriate Posted by SoftwareMom on 24th September 2007
  • Today I had someone quit with NO notice at all. She was a new employee (6 weeks or so) who had some personal issues that were pressing enough to take some unpaid time off last week, and returned this morning to turn in her keys and ID. Shortly afterwards, another employee abruptly announced that she couldn't cover for the employee who had just quit, because she would be leaving in two weeks herself, and her resignation letter was soon in my hands.

    We'll probably try to fill the second opening first. If anyone in the Los Angeles area is interested in an accounts-payable position with a nonprofit social-services agency, get in touch with me.

    But this was definitely a Monday to end all Mondays...
    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Florinda Pendley Vasquez on 25th September 2007
  • My job requires a 15 day notice. Is that strange?
    Flag as inappropriate Posted by shelly on 14th December 2007

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