When Not to Give Two Weeks’ Notice

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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.

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