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Old 06-15-2014, 02:05 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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Six months in the hope that they would provide someone for me to pass-on institutional "memory" and policy area experience and contacts. It never happened and, yes, I became a lame duck. That ensured I couldn't care less and when I walked on schedule, so did my rolodex.

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Old 06-15-2014, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque NM
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At my government office, we generally know about a year ahead of time if someone is going to retire. As retirement approaches, managers are less likely to assign them long term projects and may lighten their workload. As the employee is generally busy dealing with all the retirement paperwork and decisions and planning their personal finances, catching up on medical appointments, etc., the employee usually does not mind and will actually suggest that they not be put on such and such project. It may be an opportunity for the rest of us to pick up some of the retiree's more desirable projects. But if the retiree was a good employee, none of us think badly of that person just because they are a "lame duck" or are taking advantage of them. Most of us work at my agency for more than thirty years. One year of being a "lame duck" should not taint their career. The employees that are the problem are the ones who don't produce for most of their career and then give you just a month's notice before they retire. One guy gave a week's notice.
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Old 06-15-2014, 04:46 PM
 
Location: CO
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After 25 years I gave a month's notice, only because I was a working supervisor of my department. I figured the powers-that-be needed that time to work out how to save money and eliminate my job after I was gone. I was right. I understand the result hasn't been pretty but it's no longer my concern.

As for institutional memory I had plenty of that. But I worked hard to pass it on to my "next-in-command" in the months leading up to my decision to retire. The month notice I gave allowed me enough time to wrap projects up and leave me feeling I'd done a good job with my exit.
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Old 06-15-2014, 06:00 PM
 
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I started lettingn them know about 3 months out so they would no I didn't give a crap as to what happened within the next 3 months until i retired... Also to let them know not to send me to any training or anything that would interfere with my retirement... As I used to say - "What has 2 thumbs and doesn't give a SH*T??? Me!!!!!!
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Old 06-15-2014, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Henderson
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Just wondering how much notice is appropriate to give to your employer/company of your retirement plans. Too much time and you might be treated as a lame duck. Too little time and ?
I spoke to my boss informally, months before so I could start training my replacement, but my formal notice was two weeks prior to my last day. I would keep it to yourself if there was a chance you might change your mind. I was very sure about leaving so did not care about the "lame duck" issue. You also have to set up your pension, medical etc. far enough in advance to there is no gap in income or coverage
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Old 06-15-2014, 07:29 PM
 
Location: plano
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I gave 6 months notice to my boss,so he could line up my replacement. They replace from within and run short handed so it takes a month or two, then they wanted me to let the replacement had ow me for a couple of months as cross training. The paperwork took about three months which was done parallel to the cross training of course.

It was the right amount of time after 38 yrs with the company and 8 years in a job I helped create. I enjoy retirement but miss the job, really the people and work content not the stress
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Old 06-15-2014, 08:33 PM
 
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I did a run on retirement account about a month before on retiring jan 1 .I keep no secret of it and named that date.
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Old 06-15-2014, 09:03 PM
 
Location: somewhere in the woods
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Just wondering how much notice is appropriate to give to your employer/company of your retirement plans. Too much time and you might be treated as a lame duck. Too little time and ?


my last job the employer told me that they did not care if I gave notice or not. so when I retired I left on my day off and took myself and my daughter and moved to Wyoming without saying 1 word to my former job.
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Old 06-15-2014, 11:11 PM
 
Location: CO
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my last job the employer told me that they did not care if I gave notice or not. so when I retired I left on my day off and took myself and my daughter and moved to Wyoming without saying 1 word to my former job.
Hope they forwarded your last paycheck!
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Old 06-16-2014, 06:00 AM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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I knew the date of my mandatory retirement years in advance. It is my employer's policy to boot a person out on the month following a certain anniversary. But I had to send a request to the DOD asking for their approval, 6 months in advance.

My local administrative department needed a few months to prepare their paperwork.

I had not been allowed to take my annual vacation for many years, so I had 120 days of leave saved up on the books. I was able to check-out on leave 90-days early, and they mailed my paperwork to me.

I had to schedule all of this on my calendar a year in advance, so that I would not miss any of the deadlines, or lose out on anything.

Not retired yet but like Sub here my agency knows the date of my madatory retirement. There are caveates though as every two years we go through a qualitative retention board (paperwork only). I am in the national guard and my full time job depends on my continued active status in the guard.

About a year ago my supervisor and I talked about our pending retirement in three years. We are IT specialists and inspite of there being a number of people that understand computers they have to be in the right positions and have the right military qualifications. Well after discussion we decided the first trained person would be my replacement. We also had a vacant position that was never filled so we used that to bring in someone I could train. I am 2 months older then my supervisor so we talked about possible candidates for him but training a supervisor is less problematic inspite of the IT aspect.

So to point out for Sub here, OPM will take about 2 months to process a person's retirement after the fact. Your local HR needed or rather wanted to give itself time to react to anything that might be missing in the submission.

Unlike you and I could do the same I plan on cashing in and working close to the end. I want to use the leave cash as my severence pay to carry me past the first or even the second pension checks. The first couple are supposedly about 80% of what it generally is going to be. My understanding is that they take that extra time to verify actual numbers. If you spent time in different agencies it could get confusing and they just want to make sure.

So with any luck and a bit of work on my part, three years from now my trained replacement will be in position to carry on. BTW no one considers me a lame duck even though they know of my plans. I am still a producer.
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