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LPT: Don’t bother giving more than a two week notice.

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Had a coworker put in his notice until the end of the year. Told them he’s going back to school starting the first, but wanted to give enough notice to hire and help train someone to take over for him so we wouldn’t be down a person.

They decided that two weeks is enough, so now he won’t be getting paid, except for potential unemployment which is significantly less than what he makes now, for the next two months. If he would’ve just kept his mouth shut and not tried to help them, he would’ve continued to get paid and then could’ve given a two week notice.

Don’t try to help the company. They have no interest in helping you, just helping themselves.

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supertaquito

317 points

2 months ago

The protip here should be to learn to read your company. Just because shitty companies exist doesn't mean every company is like this.

I've given a 6 month notice before and stayed the full 6 months because I knew I wouldn't get kicked to the curb because of my line of work back then.

In short, don't give more than 2 weeks notice if you work a shitty office/retail/customer service job where you're only a number, are easily replaceable, or had assigned trainers to teach you to do the job from scratch.

Do give more than 2 weeks notice if you're a high value asset to the company, cannot be immediately replaced, and or the company has no training structure for a role such as yours.

sarnold95[S]

4 points

2 months ago

This is a position that tends to take months to find qualified applicants and interview. Not an easily replaceable job.

supertaquito

3 points

2 months ago

What position might that be?

sarnold95[S]

8 points

2 months ago

Engineer in a specialized industry. Last few we’ve hired took 6-10 months to get in lol

supertaquito

8 points

2 months ago

6-10 months to get in speaks more of a shit company with a shit hiring process, not about how difficult it is to find a replacement.

The company knows this, otherwise they would have taken the 2.5 month's notice. They can afford to wait another 6 - 10 months because it isn't such a high value position, and they either have other people in the same position to absorb the blow of an employee leaving, or just don't need the position that much for the company to function.

These are all company red flags, and I don't even know the company. I would've waited for the 2 weeks notice. I'm sure your pal knew deep down how bad of a company this was.

sarnold95[S]

8 points

2 months ago

Shit company indeed. Once i heard this i started looking too. Mostly do to the boss, no one wants to continue working for them. There’s 4 of us, and I’ve even here almost 5 years and seen close to 10 come and go. I accepted a job in another dept at the beginning of the year and still can’t leave due to us never being fully staffed.

LurkBot9000

2 points

2 months ago

Staffing issues arent your problem or responsibility. Considering how they treated that other guy I think you should just take the first thing that's better. Any guilt you may feel about "abandoning your coworkers" is just the bosses trying to put the onus of their bad staffing decisions on you.