How Much Notice Should I Give to My Soon-to-Be Ex-Employer?
Posted on July 21, 2014 by TNS Consulting Team (via Scott Spayd)
The rule is 2 weeks’ notice and that time shouldn’t include your remaining vacation days off. Your employer will need someone trained to take your place. From the time you give notice, an ad goes out immediately for your replacement. If you are asked to do the training, you will probably need a good week to train the new kid. I’m sure this all depends upon the position at hand. Some positions may not need that much hand-holding, and HR will be training you on the rules of the company and hand you any necessary paperwork to sign.
Of course, the old saying is true that you don’t want to “burn your bridges” with bad feelings when you leave even if you’re just aching to tell your boss to soak his head. Best to handle your departure with dignity and respect – mostly for yourself. You never know when you might need someone’s recommendation for a future job. For instance, the one you just got hired for is a beaut and you want to work there for the rest of your life. But what if it doesn’t work out? You may have to revert to the previous job where you had more tenure despite the fact that you left with bad vibes. Even if rumor had it that you left on a sour note, who is going to give you a solid recommendation? It would be horrible to find out that someone you thought was a great coworker turned on you and said, “Mary is a great person to work with, and really knows the business, but at times, she can be a real hot-head.” How horrifying!
There’s always the exception to the rule and that’s when employees are harassed to the point of no return and they just have to express themselves for the sake of their own dignity and respect. In that case, you don’t owe an abusive employer any notice. Just quit. I hope this type of incident is few and far between. I don’t recommend quitting, name calling and stomping your feet out the door, no matter how right you are.
Think, think, think it over before you do anything rash.