Giving your two week notice

@Virgie60 (556)
United States
September 11, 2008 10:16pm CST
Do most of you give a two week notice when you quit your job? I recently started a new job and there was a lady working there that made a comment to me last week that she didn't want to stay at this job forever and if she could find something else she would take it in a heartbeat. I didn't think too much of it, just thought it was all talk. Well yesterday she just didn't come in to work at all. Didn't call to say that she had quit or anything. Just did not show up. She had even told another employee that no matter what she would be in that day. But nope she never came in. Really left the rest of us in a big lurch too. I don't think that was right. I personally think that you should give notice to your employer. What do you think?
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
12 Sep 08
IF the employer lets you go, do they give you a 2 week notice? No, it's here's your check at the end of the day or here's your check, leave now. I was never fired, but the companys I was with twice, they were bought out and I was told the final day of my employment. New company didn't want the other companies people. How loyal is that! And if you do give a 2 week notice, unless you are up in the corporate ladder, they will most likely just tell you to go now anyway as they won't think you will be giving your job your best for the next 2 weeks. Or they will ask you to train someone your last 2 weeks. I was asked that once and did it hte first time as a "team player", did it a second time as a "multi-tasker" but that third and several times after, I was aske dto do it and I asked for a raise if that was going to be part of my job now. No raise and I didn't train anymore. So you just have to do it based on what you need for yourself. IF the company has been good to you, return it but those that aren't , why bother? Find a job, tell that job you need to give current employer a 2 week notice. They will accept and then you tell your employer and if they are decent, they'll work with it, if not, they will tell you to pack up right then and there and you can either have 2 weeks off for a "vacation" before starting your new job or you can go to the new employer nad tell them that you were let go early and can start right away if they would like you to. Sometimes you just can't do the nice thing. Been there, done that and got nothing but taken advantage of. Good luck on your venture!
@Virgie60 (556)
• United States
14 Sep 08
"Sometimes you just can't do the nice thing. Been there, done that and got nothing but taken advantage of." I do so agree with you on that statment, as I & my husband have been way too nice and have gotten walked all over because of it. We are learning though. Thanks for the reply.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
14 Sep 08
Shame we have to learn the hard way just cause we are nice, isn't it!!!
@candysky (855)
• Malaysia
12 Sep 08
well, bcoz now i'm executive level, if i wish to quit, i need to give 1 month notice... if for the manger level or higher, they should at least give 2 month notice... for me, if i still at the probation period, i can just give 24 hours notice, but i still give them 1 week notice for them to do the preparation n for them to get other people to take over my job... can't b not responsibility... i believe tat the world is round, mayb 1 day u may meet ur employer back... so dun do the things tat will regret urself later or spoilt ur future.... I noe some of the emloyee really hate their company, so they willing to paid back oso dun1 2 stay.... but 4 me, although my new company will help me to pay the company without giving notice, i oso won't accept... bcoz i wish to settle all my work there... although i leave the company, i still wish tat mayb 1 day v can cooperate with them again... =)
@Virgie60 (556)
• United States
12 Sep 08
I agree with what you said about the world being round and that you might see your employer again. I would so hate to show my face to my employer if I just left without even talking to them. This lady didn't even talk to the employer - her mother-in-law told the employer that she wasn't coming in. Talk about nasty.
@candysky (855)
• Malaysia
15 Sep 08
yeah... must b responsibility... =) dun forget the world is round.... =)
• Philippines
12 Sep 08
Well the last time I quit my job, I did not give two-week notice. I guess because everybody before me never did it. One day I submitted my resignation letter to my supervisor, and along with the letter, money for my going-away party.. Within a week I went abroad. (We expect no separation pay if you resigned. You will get only this benefit if the Factory closed or you are transferred to other plants. Some of my co-workers requested transfer and then resigned.) Here, we observe at least one month notice otherwise you cannot get the separation pay benefits.
@Virgie60 (556)
• United States
14 Sep 08
I just found out that very few people that had held the position before ever gave a notice. Most just quit and didn't come back. Not really sure why but that has been more the norm than anything.
@MOMMASAM (1004)
• United States
12 Sep 08
there are rules for each company. and, they are usually found very clearly in the employee handbook. if you do not give the 2 week notice, or some places it was exactly the amount of vacation you had accrued, you would forfeit both a recommendation AND your last pay check. she showed how little respect she had for both her employer and her co-workers. i once worked in a medical office. our school which trained us had stated a rule: if you walk out and do not give notice, the school will never help you find employment again..ever. i've venture to say this women will do this again and again.
@Virgie60 (556)
• United States
14 Sep 08
Respect. Yes that is right. I think a person should show some respect to your employer. Unless the situation was soo awful but in this case it really wasn't. I think my employers feelings were really hurt.
• United States
12 Sep 08
you should always give a two weeks notice. if you don't then you're considered not rehirable and that's a bad work reference which could stop you from getting other jobs in the future
@Virgie60 (556)
• United States
14 Sep 08
That's kind of what I think too. I would be very leary of putting them down for a reference because of what they would probably say.
@pkraj111 (2459)
• India
12 Sep 08
The way she left the job is unprofessional. When we are working at some place, we do have responsibilities which needs to be handed over with the status to the next in line. Or else the next person will be in trouble. I too see few people behave in that way and I hate their attitude towards work and employer.
@Virgie60 (556)
• United States
12 Sep 08
Yes unprofessional indeed. Also I think we need to have common courtesy too. And it is nice to be able to have that person train the next person coming in. I would never leave a job like that.
@relundad (2311)
• United States
12 Sep 08
As a employer you may be surprised at my answer, lets see. It is common courtesy to give notice if you decide to leave on your on accord for whatever reason. It is not required. Depending on where you live in the US depends on your rights as an employer and employee. I live in the state of GA which is considered an "At will" state. This mean that on both sides of the spectrum, though it is common courtesy that if you quit a job you should give the courtesy of some notice. There is not a set in stone time of notice that you should give. As an employer, you are "at will" to terminate employment, which means basically the termination can be without warning and without merit. In other words your employer doesn't have to have a reason to fire you. And I can almost guarantee that your company is not going to give you a 2 week notice before they fire you. Legally in my state, if someone calls for a reference you can not disclose negative information in regards to the employee. You can only answer YES or NO for "would you re-hire?". It is also common practice in some industries that your notice will be taken, but you will be asked to resign effective immediately. Most times this depends on the sensitivity of the job.
@Virgie60 (556)
• United States
12 Sep 08
Yes that is another take on it. Something that I hadn't thought of. Did not know that GA was at at will state. Thanks for sharing.
@rsa101 (13336)
• Philippines
12 Sep 08
I think that is just being so unprofessional about her work. I think you should give due notice for your employer when you are planning to really quite your job out of respect for them. I think her new employer might also think twice hiring her because of that since there may come a time that she may just do it with them in an instant if she does not like to report at all.
@Virgie60 (556)
• United States
12 Sep 08
Yes I do think that something like this could come back to haunt her. And you are right very unprofessional. Like my employer told me yesterday that this is what she is teacher her daughter to be like at her future jobs too. So she is teaching her to be unprofessional when it comes to leaving a job. You should not just leave.
@MissGia (955)
• United States
13 Sep 08
I have a theory on 2 week notices.. They don't give you two weeks to find a job, why give them 2 weeks to find a replacement. I have given my 2 week notices when i've had a good work experience there and it wasn't a complete waste of my time working there. Places that have done me over or treated me badly..No..absolutely not.
@jaygee96 (316)
• Philippines
13 Sep 08
You should give two weeks notice. But if you really cant, atleast one week. But we also dont know the reason why she did that so we shouldnt judge her right away. Maybe, she already give her notice weeks before but your new employer just hire someone week before the end of her notice. That happened to me before. All was done in the last minute although I give the company weeks to hire and for me to turnover my work and things to the new one. I was required to come back for a couple of days just to finish it. Thats a big negligence on the part of the employer. Ofcourse, if she had a new employer and job, that would be her first priority since she was already resigned in her old job. See? PEACE....
@monkeysay (228)
• Singapore
13 Sep 08
Yes it is common sense and basic courtesy to inform your boss when you're going to quit. So that they can find a replacement for your job in time so that business and operation does not get affected. Wasn't there a contract? I think that in most employment contracts, the employee have to compensate a sum should they decide to quit without notice.
@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
12 Sep 08
hi virgie 60yes indeed a considerate employee always gives her boss a two week notice so the boss can look for a replacement before she leaves. nobody should just pick up and leave for no reason.thats not being fair to boss or fellow workers. Her co workers will be hard put to fill her gap so she was surely not thinking of them when she left like that. bosses do not like that either.
@tmunden (34)
• United States
12 Sep 08
I think that while a 2 weeks notice is appreciated, sometimes it can really be a downer. I dont want to be around that person that has decided for whatever reason in 2 weeks they will no longer be my co-worker. Their work starts slacking since they know they only have 2 weeks left, and some even try to recruit for the new place they will be working. A company I worked for would let you go immediately once you gave your 2 weeks notice (I guess since I live in an at-will state it was okay).
• United States
12 Sep 08
I've given notices when I've left a job I really liked or I liked my co-workers. There were a few times when I didn't give notice but those were when I was younger.
@ch88ss (2270)
• United States
12 Sep 08
That is not right, but again maybe she told her superiors alreayd and this person did not share it with the rest of staff only to management.
@dawnald (84147)
• Shingle Springs, California
12 Sep 08
I don't think it's right either. Also not in her best interest. What if the new job doesn't work out and she needs a reference!