Many people over the years have ask me the reason for giving two weeks’ notice, and why
it’s important in leaving a job. This
subject often comes up when someone I know or a client feels like they were
mistreated and either want to “get back” at the employer by just leaving, or
don’t feel it is warranted based on their perceived or true maltreatment in the
workplace. Certainly anyone can justify
merely not showing up one day and “sticking it to the man,” but I am here to
argue that is not the way to end your employment at any company.
First, you don’t know what a past employer might say when
called for a reference. Some employers are told by
lawyers not to say anything but the dates of employment for any past employee,
however they can say anything they like – there is no law against it. Leaving in the best way, by giving that two weeks’
notice may be just the thing that gets you a great reference, or at least keeps
them from saying anything negative about you.
Second, you know that you did the right thing and that is
important. Young people are especially
bad about quitting jobs on a whim, but later in life they regret that decision
as they mature in workplace ethics and career management. Why have this type of regret looming over you, don't add to the list by just quitting without notification.
Three, and maybe most importantly, many companies will allow
you to return to their organization years later, with all of your tenure,
vacation time, etc., if you just give two weeks’ notice and then actually show
up and work through that two weeks. You
leave in what they call “good stead” which means for all intents and purposes
you have done the mature thing. You may say, I would never go back, but don’t
be so sure, as we can never truly know what might happen five or even 10 years down the road.
Make a good decision when leaving an organization. Whether they let you stay the two weeks or
tell you to clean out your desk leave immediately, you have used proper career
management etiquette and just may get a positive review from doing so or another
job when you need one years in the future. To
your career success!
“Only you have the power to take responsibility
to move your life forward, and the sooner you get that, the sooner your life
gets into gear. What matters now is this
moment and your willingness to see this moment for what it is. Accept it, forgive the past, take responsibility,
and move forward.” ~ Oprah Winfrey
“When you look to learn from your day - your
future days will be filled with many successes” ~ Unknown