You Have Been Put on Notice: 2 Weeks Notice
Hello everyone! It has been a while. But we are back at it again with an Opinionated Wednesday (in my announcer voice).
This week we are discussing 2-week notices.
For those who are knew to the realm, a 2-week notice is a formal letter given to your supervisor advising them of your imminent departure from their employment.
In short, you’re quitting and your last day is in 2 weeks. Boom. The End.
For the resignee:
When writing your 2-weeks notice, here are a few tips and tricks so that it is profession, precise, and concise.
Address your supervisor: In your letter, address it to your direct supervisor. You can cc HR if you’d like. But your letter should be directed towards who you report to.
Give your letter to your supervisor: I know this seems crazy but, some people will give a 2-weeks notice to the secretary. Don’t be that person. Deliver it directly in hand or via email to your boss.
Keep it short and sweet: Just like a resume, no one wants to read a dissertation. You can choose to give information as to why you are leaving, or you can be vague. Ex: “I have accepted a job at New Business Venture” or “I am submitting my 2-weeks notice and my last day will be July 3, 2019.” You can be as forthcoming or vague as you like. Just make sure its no more than a paragraph at best.
Be professional: I get it. Sometimes, you are leaving a job because the management is horrid, moral is low, and the stuff sucks. That does not mean you put that in your notice letter. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you. Because how you leave can have major repercussions on future references. Leave like a boss but don’t burn bridges.
5. End it on a high note: Your letter doesn’t have to be a dead, drab, goodbye forever. You can end it with a see you around or something along those lines.
6. Start packing: At this point, you should have informed coworkers of your imminent departure and you should probably start, slowly but surely, clearing out your work station.
When receiving the 2-weeks notice, here are a few tips and tricks for you as well.
Accept or not accept the resignation: You have the option to deny a 2-weeks notice and make that person’s resignation effective immediately; however, keep in mind that person is giving you their notice (hopefully) in good faith. HOWEVER… You know your staff and you have to be the judge on whether they go immediately or work out their 2 weeks.
It’s a courtesy… not a requirement: 2-weeks are a courtesy. They are meant to give you the supervisor time to begin looking for a replacement. But please note that you don’t have to get a 2-week timeframe. Sometimes, you might get 24-hours notice a person is leaving due to their new job wanting them to start asap. Some employers demand a 2-week timeframe, keep in mind, you don’t get that say. It is up to the resignee to determine if they work their final 2-weeks.
Loyalty: Some employers tend to have a weird, sick, and twisted sense of loyalty when it comes to their employees. Please toss this mindset out the window. Just because you hired someone to do a job, they owe you nothing, therefore, if an opportunity for them to move on, move up, and move out arises, you should encourage them instead of feeling betrayed they decided to leave your employment. Some people are okay with being comfortable in a job and pay grade. Others are not. As an employer, you should already know that there are ebbs and flows with staff retention, depending of your field. Be prepared for changes in staff accordingly and don’t punish someone for deciding it is time for them to move on. Embrace it.
Leaving a job on one’s own terms is an interesting experience. You choose the date that you will end one adventure and move on to the next adventure, all the while, keeping what you learned and went through in your repertoire.
Now that you have written and turned in your 2-weeks notice… Go forth and prosper on your next step in your career.
But… that’s just my opinion. 😉