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Give Your Two Weeks Notice, If Only For Karma's Sake

Give Your Two Weeks Notice, If Only For Karma's Sake

You might not feel like you owe anything to your employer who has cut back on benefits and maybe even pay, but any deficits on their part don't justify get-up-and-go behavior when you find something better. MSNBC interviewed one CEO who is shocked by the number of employees who are dashing out without giving the customary two weeks notice. His company went through a round of layoffs, and he suspects the uneasiness of those employees left on payroll has contributed to their behavior.

Even if you're fed up and want to hand in your security card as soon as possible, it's important to leave on a good note. Giving your employer notice could mean the difference between using your old boss as a future reference and having to dig up other connections. And if your sudden absence would leave co-workers picking up the slack, you couldn't exactly expect them to have your back if you needed to network down the road. Giving appropriate notice is just one of the steps for leaving your job gracefully, but it's an important one.

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ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
at my last job i actually gave them more like a month - but that was partially because i was moving to another state and partially because i don't believe in burning bridges. (and my now-husband still worked there). i think that it's probably nice to do it the right way - although i have to admit a LONG time ago, i didn't do that because my boss was a complete (@#(*@! and i couldn't stand one more minute of him, so when i knew that he was on his flight home from a business trip, i tendered my resignation.
mek123 mek123 7 years
I agree it's good karma to give at least 2 weeks notice (or more if possible). SDTransplant, how can you give a years' notice? How does the new employer keep a job vacate so long? Just curious as a hiring manager.
Chrstne Chrstne 7 years
Just prior to moving, I gave 2 months notice. I just thought it was the right thing to do. Plus, they had to find someone to replace me -- which they always had a problem doing.
SDTransplant SDTransplant 7 years
At my workplace, it's customary for people to give several months (or even a year's) notice before they leave because our dept. is so small. I think I'd probably give one or two months' notice before I move on.
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