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

    If an employer wanted to get rid of an employee, they would tell the employee not to come to work the next day. So is it fair that the standard notice an employee is expected to give is two weeks?
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    Re: Should an employee have to give a two weeks notice before leaving?

    Quote Originally Posted by 99percenter View Post
    If an employer wanted to get rid of an employee, they would tell the employee not to come to work the next day. So is it fair that the standard notice an employee is expected to give is two weeks?
    I could be wrong but, even in America, doesn't an employer have to pay at least 2 weeks severance for an employee fired without cause?

    Secondly, it's only natural and respectful, in my view, to give your current employer notice you're leaving so that they can have some time to replace you and so that you retain a good reputation with an employer you may need a reference from or perhaps even a job from sometime in the future.
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    Re: Should an employee have to give a two weeks notice before leaving?

    It's more of a courtesy than anything.
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    Re: Should an employee have to give a two weeks notice before leaving?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kobie View Post
    It's more of a courtesy than anything.
    I think in most major companies, severance is not a courtesy, rather it is part of HR policy.

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

    To my knowledge there is no law requiring two weeks notice for employees. Plus, employers have leverage over employees because there are so many in need of jobs.
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    Re: Should an employee have to give a two weeks notice before leaving?

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    Secondly, it's only natural and respectful, in my view, to give your current employer notice you're leaving so that they can have some time to replace you and so that you retain a good reputation with an employer you may need a reference from or perhaps even a job from sometime in the future.
    Exactly. It's about what's in the employee's best self interest present & future. Leaving on good terms is smart, prudent, and future-proofs yourself from any reputation problems that could otherwise result from a lack of courtesy.

    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. Hell, it's not even necessarily something that can occur within the same company, or the next company... people often migrate within the same industry to various companies. Unless there was some way to magically make others forget that an employee just quit without notice, there's nothing anyone else could do to equate firing with no-notice quitting. It's simple reputation management.

    In the end, it's more like 'care vs don't care' instead of 'fair vs unfair.'
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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.
    I meant the two-weeks notice, not severance.
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    Re: Should an employee have to give a two weeks notice before leaving?

    Quote Originally Posted by 99percenter View Post
    If an employer wanted to get rid of an employee, they would tell the employee not to come to work the next day. So is it fair that the standard notice an employee is expected to give is two weeks?
    Non issue. I've given two seconds notice, a couple times. If you need a reference from the jerk you're quitting you might need to go through the motions but otherwise, if you're quitting for reasons internal, flip the bird and walk. If you're quitting a decent position for a better one, yeah, give them a couple weeks notice.
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    Re: Should an employee have to give a two weeks notice before leaving?

    Quote Originally Posted by Grand Mal View Post
    Non issue. I've given two seconds notice, a couple times. If you need a reference from the jerk you're quitting you might need to go through the motions but otherwise, if you're quitting for reasons internal, flip the bird and walk. If you're quitting a decent position for a better one, yeah, give them a couple weeks notice.


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

    Quote Originally Posted by 99percenter View Post
    If an employer wanted to get rid of an employee, they would tell the employee not to come to work the next day. So is it fair that the standard notice an employee is expected to give is two weeks?
    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.

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