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    Re: Should an employee have to give a two weeks notice before leaving?

    Quote Originally Posted by Risky Thicket View Post
    LOL! No. But, I can see why you hate analogies.
    I hate when other people make them too, so it works out. lol I didn't think the idea of finding something better not requiring a current job to be awful was that difficult a concept. Won't be the last time I'm wrong.

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    Re: Should an employee have to give a two weeks notice before leaving?

    Quote Originally Posted by Singe View Post

    Granted, if you don't want to give 2 weeks notice, don't. Unless a contract is involved, there's nothing stopping people from making decisions that can come back to haunt them. (...) It's simple reputation management.

    In the end, it's more like 'care vs don't care' instead of 'fair vs unfair.'
    Let's put it this way, when people quit on me and gave less than 2 weeks notice, they get no recommendation. As someone who's hired lots of people in the past, if there's no recommendation from their prior employer, or the employer says they are good at what they do but left them in a lurch because they quit without giving notice, I didn't hire them.

    You can do whatever you want - if you have a choice give 2 weeks notice. If you can't because you're starting another job right away, negotiate for less and explain why you have to give less so sometime down the not too distant road when you need a recommendation, you have one.
    I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on whats being proposed here, hed agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute. - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.


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    Re: Should an employee have to give a two weeks notice before leaving?

    Depends. If a worker is being pink slipped because of cuts, 2 weeks doesn't seem enough time to adjust.
    If someone endangers others, an immediate booting out might be in order.

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    Re: Should an employee have to give a two weeks notice before leaving?

    Quote Originally Posted by DA60 View Post
    I believe that you show up for work on time every day, work hard, always treat others with respect and then go home the minute the work day is done...but never anything more.

    I am not sure what else should be done.

    You are monetarily compensated for doing a certain amount of work.

    Now, you can do that amount of work. Or, you can do more work for the same compensation in the hope that this will help you get ahead faster.

    Now, if you like the work and/or this is the field you wish to make a career out of AND there is room for significant advancement then I suppose it might make sense (assuming of course the employer actually rewards hard work...not all do).

    But if you neither like the work nor feel there is much to be gained from working harder then the compensation calls for...then I guess you are then hoping that the employer will note your hard work in your reference.

    Two potential problems with that; 1) what if the employer doesn't adequately note the extent to which you worked on your reference (which happens) and 2) what about quality of life? Is staying late and feeling more tired/drained after work, day after day, month after month worth the possibility of a better reputation?

    I suppose that is up to the individual.


    For me, unless you are self-employed (or LOVE your work - which is not most people), life is about friends, family, hobbies, bettering yourself, relaxing, learning...on your time off. Work (unless self employed - which I am, btw) is about producing the cash so I can do the other things...nothing more.

    But each to his/her own.
    I agree with very much of what you've written, but I'd like to add something. I/we spend a lot of our awake-hours at work. Even in the unfortunate scenario where the work may not be something we enjoy, I've tended to find solace in establishing good relationships at various companies/jobs.

    The 2-week notice thing isn't just for me or the company... the benefit to me is also with regard to those tertiary relationships. So while I agree that "life is about friends, family, hobbies, etc...", I have some great current friends that were former coworkers, and I'm glad I was never in a position that I had to screw them over by making them pick up my slack if I had just walked out on a job.

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    Re: Should an employee have to give a two weeks notice before leaving?

    Quote Originally Posted by Singe View Post
    I agree with very much of what you've written, but I'd like to add something. I/we spend a lot of our awake-hours at work. Even in the unfortunate scenario where the work may not be something we enjoy, I've tended to find solace in establishing good relationships at various companies/jobs.

    The 2-week notice thing isn't just for me or the company... the benefit to me is also with regard to those tertiary relationships. So while I agree that "life is about friends, family, hobbies, etc...", I have some great current friends that were former coworkers, and I'm glad I was never in a position that I had to screw them over by making them pick up my slack if I had just walked out on a job.
    I am not saying you should burn your bridges OR that you should not give 2 weeks notice.

    What I am saying is that the decision should (IMO) be strictly made on what will benefit you...what is better for the company should be irrelevant.

    Now, you make a good point about co-workers, IMO. And that is a factor.

    But if I didn't think it wouldn't negatively effect my future or people I genuinely care about - I will quit any job the second I wish to...and too bad for the company.

    If they can lay me off whenever they wish...then I should be able to lay them off whenever I wish.

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    Re: Should an employee have to give a two weeks notice before leaving?

    Quote Originally Posted by washunut View Post
    I think in most major companies, severance is not a courtesy, rather it is part of HR policy.
    it usually contains veribage about disclosure about company business, contacts, and pricing. Also if a skilled position a non compete with veribage as to who they can work for the following time period

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    Re: Should an employee have to give a two weeks notice before leaving?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    The not burning bridges thing... in the form of a two-week notice... is for YOU, not your employer.
    Yeah yeah yeah, everybody knows you left for a reason, but it's a "wink wink nod nod" scenario where smart people play the game and don't give prospective future employers a reason to choose someone else.



    IOW, it's the game that most people play.

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    Re: Should an employee have to give a two weeks notice before leaving?

    Quote Originally Posted by Juanita View Post
    You should never burn your bridges...It could come back and bite you in the ass...
    Unless you have to ford the river to leave, because the bridge has already been burnt...lol
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    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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    Re: Should an employee have to give a two weeks notice before leaving?

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    I agree with what you've said and you make a good point about giving your employer notice - sometimes they won't react well - but I still think it's the right thing to do. In many cases, your new employer wants and expects you to give notice, and if you end up being shown the door when you do, your new employer will often take you on right away so you don't lose out.

    There are, actually, some pretty good reasons for an employer not to let a leaving employee stay working for a notice period, such as an employee trying to steal customers or secrets to take with them or sabotaging systems or customer relations. Here in Canada, however, even if they don't want you around, they still have to pay you severance to stay home during that notice period.
    This is true - many employees have, if only by virtue of being employees, access to the company in ways that if they wanted to, they could do the company harm, sometimes a lot of harm. Best not to give them the chance, or encourage any temptations they might have to do so.

    Some companies will give severance packages here, many won't. But all have to pay unemployment, so I guess that's a form of "severance."
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    Re: Should an employee have to give a two weeks notice before leaving?

    In a skilled job the 2 weeks notice is good so that an employee's peers have the opportunity to get some knowledge transfer before that employee leaves. For example, I work in IT. I am a Senior Systems Administrator. If I just took a new job and walked out the day I gave notice I would be screwing over my employer and my peers in my department by not bringing them up to speed on what I do and what I support.
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