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Not Giving/Giving Two Weeks Notice

By KhloFlo ·
If you find new employment, how mandatory is the two weeks notice rule? What if your current position is being eliminated anyway, and you find something before they planned on terminating you? Are there any repercussions to leaving with little or no notice, particularly when you have not had a chance to do a knowledge transfer to your replacement, or even worse..if there is no replacement yet. What happens when things aren't documented and employees leave with the info? I'm sure it's happening a lot, I know I'm seeing it at my place. People are laid off with no notice and people are left scrambling trying to figure out how that person did their job..If you do give the employee some warning, and plan on them using that time frame to document and train, but they find something ahead of time, is it that employee's responsibility as being the only one with the info, to stay on or be available after termination to answer questions?

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Its a small world after all

by JamesRL In reply to Not Giving/Giving Two Wee ...

You'd be surprised how many people know other people and so on.

I would not ever ask a new employee to not give their previous employer proper 2 weeks notice. I have allowed them to give more under some circumstances.

Two weeks isn't enough time to hire, generally, but it is time enough to transition the duties to someone else, even if its temporary.

If you burn an employer, better hope the staff don't end up another company you'd like to work for.

I remember the names of people who have abandoned jobs - walked away without any notice. And no company that I associate with will ever hire them.


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i agree

by KhloFlo In reply to Its a small world after a ...

that it is a small world..I don't want to burn bridges, especially given that I've been here almost six years, and the last two jobs before this the companies went under. So I NEED their references in a way. It's a combination of frustration from being laid off after all the hard work, and just simply wanting to leave on my terms, not theirs. I also would like a break between jobs to re-focus. That's why I ask if the two weeks is mandatory. I understand they can just ask me to leave that day, but I've been running all of IT, no one else even has the domain pw. I definitely have NO INTEREST in taking advantage of my access, or lord anything over them... I just want to leave on my terms and be done with it. But there is way too much stuff that only I know how to do, and I don't want to leave on bad terms. At the same time, I want to put myself in front and what is best for me is to leave early and have a break. I've put the company's needs in front of my own for years, at the cost of countless late hours, even my own health at times. How can I be selfish without looking like I'm being unprofessional?

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be prepared

by shasca In reply to i agree

Why not train your replacement now. Cross training in most companies is encouraged. You don't need to mention why your doing it. You can just tell management you are looking out for them in that you might get sick, or injured and will need someone to fill in, in your absence.
Never just walk out, no matter how bad the day may be digressing. I know this from my hotheaded 20's. It leads to nothing positive, execept for relief in the short term.

I definitely can understand the need for down time. Set yourself up for success, not failure by planning ahead when you see the writing on the wall.

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Where does the two way road meet?

by jdclyde In reply to Not Giving/Giving Two Wee ...

As it is common for employers to lay people off, escort them to clear their desks, and then walk them out the door. Their computer access already removed while they are being informed about the layoff.

There is no longer any such thing as employER loyalty, and the same is going to become true of the other way around. This is a monster employers are making.

If you don't give notice, often in the employee handbook will be something about forefitting any unused vacation pay, or other such punitive actions.

There is also the issue about being a reference, and in this market, employers DO call your references.

If you wish to CYA, give them the two weeks and be done with it.

I have also seen it fairly standard that when you put in your notice, they let you go at that point because they don't want you in the system anymore.

My last job I had 6 hours notice I was being laid off after 10 years on the job.

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employER loyalty

by Dr Dij In reply to Where does the two way ro ...

Ok, I was laid off

they did give me a month's notice
plus 8 weeks pay

And I did come back for a couple short half hours to help the remaining guy do stuff.

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by KSoniat In reply to Not Giving/Giving Two Wee ...

I've heard of people working one week and taking a week of "vacation" a second week - but coming back in for a day or two to see what was "missing" or what fell apart without them.

That way you are "available", the company gets a second chance at downloading your info and you get a chance to take a break between jobs.

Hopefully it can be a win / win. You never want to leave a company or coworkers in the lurch.

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No Notice

by mjd420nova In reply to Not Giving/Giving Two Wee ...

I have seen so many companies not giving anyone notice of a layoff that I can see where the turn about would be fair play. If you know you're being "downsized", they have obviously given up on caring. Much depends on your individual agreement or contract with the management.

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