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Old 05-22-2017, 03:45 PM
Location: Monmouth Oregon
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I turn 65 in September and really thinking of retiring. What is reasonable notice to give at work? I have an odd work setup. I'm classed as desktop support but do system admin and management. The work I do should be done by another group but fell to Desktop Support years ago. It's boring, tedious, and no one wants to do its but perfect for working from home. Someone has to do the admin work. I believe that if/when I leave, management will push the tasks to the IT department that should be doing it so not worried that I'm leaving my team hanging.
I get along with everyone and have been there 11 years and have a very good reputation as a go to person if you want something done. I'm thinking 1 - 3 months. any thoughts?

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Old 05-22-2017, 04:01 PM
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I had a fairly high level position in modest sized work group. My notice depended on selling the house and quitting work before the closing. I waited until the buyers got loan approval and was able to give one months notice. It is the company's responsibility to look for a chain of succession as employees reach retirement age. Some companies will ask employees about their plans. Mine did not.

The company's response to my notice was interesting. First they advertised and tried to fill the position quickly. What they found is what I told them as I was leaving. They were going to need to pay considerably more money to find a replacement. They decided to try to somehow divide up my job. That included promoting a lower level employee and also having a higher level employee spend a couple of hours a day on my job responsibilities. They tried that and eventually also had to hire a third individual part time.

Personally I believe a months notice is acceptable for almost any job except teaching. Most teachers are expected to give notice before the start of the school semester or school year.
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Old 05-22-2017, 04:07 PM
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I was required to give a month's notice, and that is what I did. Follow the normal procedure where you work.

I unofficially told a manager this well in advance, however.
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Old 05-22-2017, 04:18 PM
Location: NC
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I had an at will employer. That meant they could fire me without cause with no notice. I considered leaving on the same timeline, but instead gave 2 wks notice, after having spent about 3 months easing someone else into an important project.
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Old 05-22-2017, 04:26 PM
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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Where I use to work, "At Will" can leave without any notice,

But If you wanted to start to draw on your retirement benefits the day after you left you had to give them two months Notice.

My Guess is the two months would give them time to plan for your replacement. HR does not need two months calculate the pension, Its updated every night on the HR Portal, HR does do a "Verification" of the pension numbers, but that takes a day or two.
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Old 05-22-2017, 04:30 PM
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I was in a professional (but at-will) position I had occupied for 15 years with the same employer. I gave 3 months' notice to ensure they had adequate time to find a replacement. I participated in the recruiting and interviewing, and all went well. Unless you have some reason to feel vulnerable, I think more than a month's notice is always appreciated and is unlikely to backfire.
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Old 05-22-2017, 04:48 PM
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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Retired from county government work. One month is a minimum, unless you don't mind a delayed pension. I gave a two month notice.
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Old 05-22-2017, 04:48 PM
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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give your boss 3 months (if you have a tough position to fill)

Initiate as necessary with HR (to get your ducks aligned)

Remind the boss at 1 month... (cuz they have likely done nothing to prepare)

Evaporate into thin air @ Exit date minus accrued vacation! (Tomorrow is fine!)

no parties, not cakes, no stress, no questions, no naysayers.

Poof, GONE!
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Old 05-22-2017, 05:32 PM
Location: Location: Happy Place
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I plan to give notice 1 Dec for a 23 Dec retirement date.
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Old 05-22-2017, 06:34 PM
Location: Florida
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If you felt that you could tell them today that you are retiring in Sept and they would not fire you before then I would drop a hit that although you were thinking of retiring at Social Security full retirement age (66?) but you might consider the traditional 65, ask how much time would they like to hire a replacement or move the work to others. You might be able to move part of the job to a part time work at home if that is of interest. I would ask that they continue your health insurance and keep your other benefits including time off. I know a lot of people that have moved to over 55 communities and work from home for a couple of years.

The key is I would give as much notice as you safely can. As you state you have a good work reputation and I assume the employees that would have to pick up the mess if you walked out are your friends and you would not want to make their life harder.

See if you can find out how much time others gave and if the company fired them early.

PS No matter what you do sign up for part A medicare at the social security office (might be able to do it online). This is a no cost option and may save you dollars in the future. Do this 3 months in advance of 65.
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