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2 weeks notice rant

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by medownsouth, Apr 14, 2021.

  1. David Barnett

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    In todays business environment, I'm surprised they didn't immediately frog-walk you off the premises.
     
  2. Drew617

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    There is no way for that not to feel crappy, but in IT - particularly where scale, potential impact and regulatory compliance apply - you're probably lucky not to have been escorted out the door immediately, no questions asked. In either case, it's never about you, it's about the theoretical you, that person's reach, and remaining incentive not to abuse it.

    Edit: Congrats on the new gig. :D
     
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    My dad used to ask (so I guess it's up to me now), "You bragging, or complaining?"



    Edit: congratulations! Doubling your pay has to be a good thing. . . ?
     
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    I've had jobs where there was nothing to do. It's no fun.
     
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    Congrats on new gig. Someday, you will be the 'big boss' when you are, change your corner of the world to treat folks how you want to be treated. It is the only way to make any real change. In my big corporate days, once we had a letter, we let the folks pack up, turn in their stuff and that was that. Legal had firm opinions about liability etc, and we all knew that was the drill, so no hard feelings. I think my last week, I was home doing chores the whole time. I looked at it as a parting gift.
     
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    Impossible. I work from home
     
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    My worst job ever had 20 minutes of work to be completed at the start of each hour, then nothing. Run around for 20 minutes recording readings, taking samples, etc. then sit and hope a pump fails or something to break up the monotony. Damn it was boring.
     
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    Admirable sentiment.
    Truly a rarity in business today.
    But still, out of your hands.
    Bring them with, or let them go.
    Just be sure to keep everyone’s contact info.
     
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    I retired on Jan 1 after giving my employer notice a year before hand. That was pre COVID. I worked from home on process control in preparation for a quality audit. I organized a remote pan American training meeting. November rolled around and they hadn’t started recruiting my replacement. December rolled around and they made a “This is the only job available for you now” offer to an existing employee and with four weeks unused vacation asked me to turn a neuroscientist into an engineer.

    Companies run lean. Some run so lean that they can only respond to emergencies. My employer kept asking me to stay and acted surprised when I gave written notice. Then came a sudden worry about security. All of my designs and software had been backed up at home long ago. I backed up my contacts. Two weeks before my leaving was a silly time to start worrying about that. In 35 years I never divulged a secret but I behaved more like an academic with colleagues outside my organization. Come to me with a question and you get an answer, as long as it doesn’t require that proprietary information be divulged.

    Anyway, that chapter of my life has been written. I have no intention of being an employee ever again.
     
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    I'm glad to hear of a positive outcome in the OP's case regarding the old 2 week.

    My previous 2 week notice was very satisfying. A crap job that allowed me enough leash to hang myself as far as finances, a literal unhinged boss/owner and equally unmedicated co-worker. Guns, physical confrontations (with other employees & customers!), theft accusations, etc... The day I got the job offer I almost walked as bossman was on a tear. I kept myself collected the entire day & informed him at closing. Of course he was caught off guard and wanted to talk, which we hardly did. After I said good bye at the end of those 2 weeks he was surprised all over again, as if I'd been bluffing. He did nothing in 2 weeks to prepare for my departure, screwing himself. It was very satisfying.

    Since then I've seen/heard the the revolving door of employees there. Both nutbags are co dependent on each other and that will likely remain. I feel great after 3 yrs at my new job.

    I'm stoked for you medownsouth. Congrats on the 2 week milktoast. I'd prob venture to the dark side of the web for all the good virusy stuff that lurks over there for good measure.
     
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    my bluesman instincts tell me..... gnaw that tittie to the bone
     
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    Two weeks notice has been bashed into the brains of the worker bees for so long. My dad was one of those who beat it into me that "a man always gives two weeks notice" and I took it to heart.

    So early in my career I found a new company to work for, I told them I would give my old company two weeks notice and they agreed. My old company though was not so kind. They complained that I took another job without consulting them first (WHAT?). Then they offered to match the pay increase I would receive with the new job. For the first two days after I gave notice it was great. I told them I would think about there offer and get back with them. This transpired on a Wednesday, and by Friday I had made up my mind and went and informed the boss.
    He said something in that meeting that I will never forget.

    I told him I was going to go ahead and take the other companies offer. He then made another pitch for me to stay, offering 10% above what the other company had offered and an additional week of vacation. I looked the boss in the eye and said, "if I had felt this wanted during my time working here I would have never gone looking for another job."
    The boss smiled and said, "so you are staying?"

    I told him no. Then I followed it up with a statement that if he valued me so much why did it take me coming to his office and quitting for him to make these concessions?
    He then told me that it would cause a hardship on him if I left trying to guilt me into staying. He was giving me the world he told me.
    I then followed it up and said no again and that he had 10 more days to figure it out and I would assist in any way possible with the transition.

    He stood up, stuck out his hand and as I shook his hand he said, "clean out your desk, you are no longer welcome here." I stood there shocked as he waved me out of his office. He then called the accounting department to get my last check ready. The accounting lady came with my last check but would only give it to me if I signed a non disclosure form and handed over my keys. I gave her the keys and took the non disclosure form and my final check. The accountant lady said I had to sign the form to finalize my employment.
    I read the form which was in essence a non compete form, not a non disclosure which I did not have for the 15 years I worked there.
    The accountant lady told me she was sorry, but that the boss was making her do it.
    I gave her a weary smile and then with a flourish signed the form.


    Ronald McDonald esquire.

    I heard through the grapevine that he thought about taking me to court and trying to get the phony non compete to hold up. I am glad he did not.

    I am at that point in my life that two weeks notice is not worth the headache to me. I will just walk in with my jobs completed and hand in my resignation effective immediately. It is much cleaner that way.
     
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    I gave two weeks notice at a resturant that I worked at , I was very good at cooking great breakfasts that's why they wanted me to cook for them .
    The vibe was pooh, good money, very strange control jones issues. I gave to weeks notice and this head job assistant manages
    walks up to me and wants to know , demands to know why I'm leaving like I can't leave until he says it's o.k. I Ignored him went on grinding ,
    him: anything that affects this business he is entitled to know and that I had to tell him where I was going to work after I already written a very friendly dear John letter ,thank you, it's been wonderful, all that polite b.s.
    now he's in my face gritting his teeth and demand that we talk about my leaving, a weeks is the regular notice, I talked to the owner and said keep Billy psychotic away from me or Ill walk as soon as he starts his Gestapo routine, I'll walk.
    I finished my two weeks and BillyP. never said a word. It's nice to be in a position with management when you can flex back.
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    Congrats!


    And, yeah, in IT (and a few others) ya pretty much have to cut someone off once you know they are leaving. Nuthin' personal, just bidness.


    And again, congrats!!!
     
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    I worked the Operations night shift at one of the dot coms for about 6 months. 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM. After a couple of mind numbing weeks I spent my time writing programs to automate the tasks I had, then came up with new tasks, then wrote a dashboard to make monitoring everything easier. After a couple of months I had even less to do than when I started. DOH!
     
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    Most companies I've been with will terminate immediately with pay. When the person has decided to move on it's best for everyone to just get it done. There is a lot of risk having an employe on site and/or with access who does not want to be there.
     
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    Good for you. Two weeks notice is an old courtesy, not a requirement.

    @Preacher Thanks for sharing that. Managers/bosees can be very strange. And yeah, they can't change your agreement just to get the last paycheck. (They can for severance when laid off unless it's agreed up front.)

    And you pinpointed the problem with counter-offers: why didn't they pay you more before? (When I left my last full time job I told them I don't want any counter offers just to avoid all that.)
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    Companies like to be all "It's just business, no hard feelings" when they're the ones making decisions about your life. When it's you making those decisions, all of a sudden they take it very personally.
     
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    In the service industry most places don’t want/accept 2 weeks cause they assume you’re gonna steal and get drunk on the job until you go.
     
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