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

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

    Quote Originally Posted by vasuderatorrent View Post
    I have never seen this standard written down. Where did this ridiculous tradition come from? I once put in a two week notice and it didnt' work out. My boss pretended he didn't know for the whole two weeks. It was to the point where I wasn't sure if he even knew. On my last day he approached me and told me not to leave. I ended up staying a few more weeks. It was a roller coaster ride and I ended up leaving without notice anyways. It was a loss. I don't recommend giving a two week notice. It just creates tension and encourages negative discussions. I fail to see how the employer benefits from receiving a two week notice. I fail to see how the employee benefits from a two week notice. Well. It does give the employer two weeks to convince you to stay. You can ask for a raise before giving your two week notice. If you get the raise, then it is appropriate to give a two week notice. If they refuse the raise, then it would be more appropriate to tell them at the end of the day when you leave. If they refuse the raise, it means they don't want you around. If you already know that they don't want you around, you probably don't even need to wait until the end of the day or wait around to ask for a raise. Do them a favor and leave ASAP.

    This is coming from experience. I quit a job once and I was fired from a job once. In both cases I should have quit without a two week notice. Hindsight is 20/20. If you aren't happy and/or your employer isn't happy with you there is only one thing to do. Leave and do it quickly.
    I think it's an "IT DEPENDS" situation. If anyone is leaving a job due to a disagreement or conflict of interests, it may be best to simply quit. Such terms are going to be excruciating and painful. However if you're leaving on good terms -- you've found another job, moving house, life situation has changed -- it's definitely more professional to give a 2 week notice. In such an instance, you're allowing your employer to find a replacement for you and/or allowing your duties to be handed off to another person within the company without interruption. Besides you don't want to burn a bridge; after all there be need for future references or professional endorsements.
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    Re: Should an employee have to give a two weeks notice before leaving?

    Quote Originally Posted by brothern View Post
    In such an instance, you're allowing your employer to find a replacement for you and/or allowing your duties to be handed off to another person within the company without interruption.
    In my situation, there was no replacement at the end of my two weeks. That's why they asked me to stay longer. Two weeks isn't long enough to find a replacement. That's absurd.

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

    Should they have to? No. They don't have to, an employer has no way to stop them if they want to just walk off the job. However, an employer is completely within their rights to refuse to rehire the employee if they do not do so, if it's spelled out in the employee handbook that it's the expectation.

    Don't want the job? Leave. Just don't expect to ever go back again.
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