Tips for Putting In 2-Weeks Notice
The process of turning in Two Weeks Notice when leaving a job, is sometimes easy, and other times, very difficult. Whether you are leaving a job you enjoy with people you like for a better opportunity, or you are leaving because hate your job and dislike your co-workers, do your best to ensure turning in your notice isn't a disaster. Here are some tips to help any candidate through the process:
- Provide plenty of notice - If you know ahead of time that you are going to be taking another job, or if you are relocating, let your boss know sooner rather than later. The rule of thumb is to give at least two-weeks notice before departing. If you know earlier, notify your boss. This will allow the company to begin the hiring process sooner and will make the transition period smoother.
- Be prepared for what comes next - Often, managers are unpredictable in these situations. Be prepared for everything to go smoothly. Sometimes this process works out perfectly. However, it is wise to be prepared in the event that your employer does not take the news as well as you hope. Specifically, be prepared for the possibility that your manager takes it personally. Prepare yourself mentally for a counter-offer, and be ready to gracefully turn it down (there are so many more reasons to decline a counter-offer, and very few circumstances where it makes sense to accept one). Be prepared for your employer to cut off your access to electronics and deny you access to your desk.
- Talk to your manager first - Talk to your manager first! Specifically, do not tell co-workers before telling your manager. It is unprofessional to do so, and can be a disaster if word spreads and your manager finds out from someone else before hearing it from you. It is also nice to talk to your boss before handing in your letter of resignation. If you want to enjoy a pleasant final two weeks, have a quick talk with your boss to let him or her know you are submitting your resignation. This can help reduce the shock to your superior and colleagues. This will also showcase your professionalism to your current employer, who could become a reference to a future employer.
- Give compliments - Be gracious and complimentary. Who doesn’t love a good compliment? A good way to break the bad news of your impending departure is to pay a compliment. Your boss will love hearing good things about your role and experiences with the company. Comments like "I really appreciate the opportunities I was given while working here", and "I have learned so many valuable skills working with you.".
- Make it official - Do not rely on a verbal contract to be the final word. Check with your current employer’s policies and procedures for advice about submitting written resignation.
- Give the reason for leaving - Give your reason for leaving, but do not make it personal. This is not the time or place to grind an axe. In the heat of quitting, your frustrations with your career at the company could cause you to speak candidly without thought of the consequences. Avoid doing this at all costs! Give reasons why you are leaving, but keep a positive spin on it, and leave out the negativity. If your reasons are productive, your boss can take away something to do differently in order to keep quality employees.
- Keep it professional - Think before getting creative. It has become a popular trend in our workplace culture to give two-weeks notice in a creative fashion. Whether it is a formal letter, a resignation note on a cake, a sticky note on your bosses’ desk, or a video that reaches the masses on YouTube, think of the effects it will have on your future career before sharing it with the world. In the moment, creatively quitting may seem like the best way to submit your resignation, but allowing the public into a personal matter can impact your chances of being hired in the future.
- Be prepared to work the full 2-weeks - Offer your services to tie up loose ends. Once you submit your two-weeks, ask your boss if you can work until your last day to make the transition easier for the company. Not only will it help soften the blow of your leaving, it will also allow them time to decide what their next move should be. Trust us—your colleagues will be thanking you for not sticking them with the extra work.
- Be willing to help find your replacement - Help spread the word to find your replacement. Helping your employer find your replacement will show your commitment to the company. Much like leaving a family pet with a trusted friend or relative, leaving your old job to a trusted friend will give your employers the feeling of being in good hands.
- Clean break - Quit on a Friday (if possible) - Breaking the news to your boss is best done on Fridays. The end of the workweek allows the perfect time for both parties to discuss the decision and have a weekend to process and regroup.
- Leave a lasting impression - Be productive in your final 2 weeks so everyone misses you when you are gone. Don’t slack off during your last two weeks. After giving notice of your departure, it is important to stay on task and tie up loose ends. Just because you are leaving the company, you do not have the right to make things more difficult for your employer and current colleagues. Not only does hard work help time go by quickly, but it is also beneficial to stay in good standing with those who could become references and helpful connections in the future.