Monthly Archives: February 2015

When Not to Give Two Weeks’ Notice

Giving two weeks’ notice to your employer allows them to prepare for your departure and helps maintain your good name in your industry. However, there are times when the full two weeks aren’t necessary or beneficial. If you’re wondering whether that might be the case for you, ask yourself the following questions:

Will you be asked to leave immediately?

Some companies have policies, formal or informal, that require employees to be terminated as soon as they’ve given notice. If you know this ahead of time, then you don’t need to worry about giving two weeks’ notice, as your employer won’t take advantage of it.

Are you going to be harassed?

If you’re leaving your current job because the work environment is toxic, think hard about whether you want to stay there for two weeks longer. If those 10 workdays are going to be spent dealing with harassment or verbal abuse, there’s little reason to extend your employer the courtesy of them, and you probably won’t be expecting a good recommendation anyway.

Does your employer need you?

If the timing of your departure is such that you’ve just wrapped up a major project, your employer may not need you for the two-week period. If you have a good relationship with your supervisor, consider asking them whether they need the full two weeks when you tell them you’re leaving.

Are there safety or ethics concerns?

Very rarely, you may be leaving a job because the work environment has become unsafe or you’ve been asked to do something unethical or against the law. In those cases, it may not be worth risking your safety or your conscience to continue working for two more weeks.

Is your offer time sensitive?

In most cases, your new employer won’t ask you to start within two weeks of making an offer to you. But if you’ve got a time-sensitive opportunity, ask yourself whether it’s worth the pain you may cause your coworkers and boss by leaving abruptly.

When to Take a Break from Your Job Search

Looking for a job can be as much work as holding one down. The list of tasks to complete can feel endless. Networking, researching, applying, and following up, often for multiple positions at the same time can become monotonous and burdensome. In fact, many people burn out on looking for work and may actually benefit… Read More…

Productivity Tips for Job Seekers

Maintaining a high level of productivity while you look for a job can be difficult. If you’re still employed, you have to find time to look for a new position while maintaining your output at work. If you’re unemployed, you may end up overwhelmed and disorganized, with your normal routine thrown out the window and… Read More…

How to Quit Gracefully

Before you can take on a new job, you’ll need to decide how to leave your old one. If you’ve been frustrated with your current position for a long time, it may be tempting to quit in a fiery display of passion. Alternatively, if you’re excited about a new project, you may just want to… Read More…

Tips to Handle Workplace Confrontation

Conflict is an unavoidable part of employment, especially if you’re in a leadership role. Like most people, you and your coworkers are likely to butt heads over personal issues as well as professional issues. How you handle these disputes can have a major impact on your work environment, and thus on your desirability as an… Read More…