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Ask Savvy: How Should I Quit Without Upsetting My Boss?

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I have been working a retail position since May, and have decided that it's in my best interest to move back to my hometown area where things are cheaper/I have friends/can finally take steps towards going to grad school. I won't be moving for a little while yet, but feel like I need to give a major heads up to my employer.  He is the definition of illogical on most of his business practices and I have a feeling he's going to be very, very upset that I'm leaving because it will cause more work for him.

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I feel like I've gone above and beyond what is asked of me this entire time, doing work off the clock in order to help improve business, as well as working basically whenever I'm asked (I didn't bend over backwards for a co-worker once and I actually got a stern talking to about helping each other out - I had very important unchangeable plans on the day in question). The worst though, is how horrible he is at handling finances, making payday a stressful situation all around.

I was going to leave a note on the desk for him to find when he opens in the morning, since I think he should have time to digest the information before he talks to me. It's a very small business, only five people including him work there. I don't want a reference or anything like that, I just don't want my last two months to be hell on earth. He won't fire me because it would totally screw him over (I'm the only full time employee and there are a lot of vacations coming up). How do I make this transition smoother? Short of offering to help with replacing me, I'm out of ideas.

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WeTheLiving WeTheLiving 6 years
If you don't even want a reference from him, then why are you worried about giving a 2 MONTH notice to make things easier for him. It's not your fault he's inept at his job. Give him a two weeks notice as is standard- and all he should expect- and just don't worry about his negativity. The economy is bad, so I doubt he'll have a difficult time replacing you. Just tell him what you told us about why you are leaving; it's perfectly reasonable. If he wants to be rude about it, that's not your problem. You don't owe him anything.
bibliophile bibliophile 6 years
I agree on the no-note thing. Definitely do it in person; I know it's the scarier alternative, but it's the professional, proper thing to do. I would maybe give three weeks notice and in the meantime try to find a replacement so that it's a slightly easier pill to swallow. Good luck!
vabeachbum vabeachbum 6 years
Honestly, I would not even give him four weeks notice if you think he's going to completely flip out. I would just give the required two weeks' notice. If you're not counting on him for a reference, I wouldn't go above and beyond to let him know that you are leaving. If you're determined to do something to help the situation, I would start looking for your own replacement. That way when you give him notice you can say "I know you don't want to lose me, but here's the name/contact information of someone who I think would be just as good." Kudos to you for sticking it out for so long - this guy sounds like a nightmare!
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
1) No on the note. That's an unprofessional way of doing this. Go into his office on a Monday or early in the week, let him know you need to put in notice because you are moving and offer to help hire and train a replacement. 2) I agree, don't give him 2 months notice. Give him four weeks, max, from the point you decide you don't want to work there.
skigurl skigurl 6 years
I wouldn't give him this big a head's up if I were you - not if you fear your last 2 months will be hell. Just wait!
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