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Old 12-16-2014, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Just curious what people here think about this. I had an employee just turn in a "two weeks notice" resignation this afternoon, stating their last day will be Friday, December 26th. That's actually only ten days from now.

I understand people can quit for whatever reasons. I am not angry/upset about that. Things in life change. I am just wondering if anyone has any opinion on it not really being a full two weeks, as it's not the first time I've seen it happen. We try to stress with employees that we need a two weeks notice if they're going to leave, as we are a small company and I will now have to scramble to find candidates, interview, train, etc.
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Old 12-16-2014, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Central Florida
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I gave my previous employer a "heads up" that I was expecting an offer in the upcoming months. 2 months later, I got my letter of offer, stating my starting date as a week from then. I informed my employer.
No bridges burned, despite the one-week notice. Some employers understand this. Others may be a-holes. Depends on who you work for.
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Old 12-16-2014, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Key West, FL
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Just curious what people here think about this. I had an employee just turn in a "two weeks notice" resignation this afternoon, stating their last day will be Friday, December 26th. That's actually only ten days from now.

I understand people can quit for whatever reasons. I am not angry/upset about that. Things in life change. I am just wondering if anyone has any opinion on it not really being a full two weeks, as it's not the first time I've seen it happen. We try to stress with employees that we need a two weeks notice if they're going to leave, as we are a small company and I will now have to scramble to find candidates, interview, train, etc.
2 weeks is 10 days, had they given notice yesterday morning week one would have been the 15th through the 19th, and week 2 the 22nd through the 26th. By the employee telling you this afternoon instead of yesterday morning you're only out a day and a half from the requested two weeks, overall I'd say it isn't a big enough issue to cause distress. From a common courtesy standpoint an employee should give as much advance notice as they can, and there's no real evidence that that wasn't the case for this employee. They gave very close to 2 weeks notice
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Old 12-16-2014, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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2 weeks is 10 days, had they given notice yesterday morning week one would have been the 15th through the 19th, and week 2 the 22nd through the 26th. By the employee telling you this afternoon instead of yesterday morning you're only out a day and a half from the requested two weeks, overall I'd say it isn't a big enough issue to cause distress. From a common courtesy standpoint an employee should give as much advance notice as they can, and there's no real evidence that that wasn't the case for this employee. They gave very close to 2 weeks notice
I think that's a fair viewpoint. Thanks for the input.
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Old 12-16-2014, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Suburb of Chicago
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Some companies really pressure the people they're hiring, to start as soon as possible. If that's the case, your employee has little choice.

If your employee simply wants a week off before starting, it's not the most professional thing to do. I've seen people here post they could only give one weeks notice or they wouldn't have any time off between jobs. Immature and unprofessional.

I'm surprised your employee didn't state the reason it wasn't a full two weeks.

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Old 12-16-2014, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Florida -
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He probably should have said his last day was New Year's Day to give you the full two weeks notice, but, why pick nits? Why not simply pay him through the 26th and call it even. Most non-retail businesses will be closed on the two days before New Year's Day anyway; and most will also be closed on the day after Christmas. Even the businesses that are open don't seem to get much actual work accomplished during that time; and few employees 'serving-out' their last two days are very productive anyway. (Obviously generalizations, but, leaning toward 'generally true').
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Old 12-16-2014, 01:52 PM
 
Location: College Hill
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Just curious what people here think about this. I had an employee just turn in a "two weeks notice" resignation this afternoon, stating their last day will be Friday, December 26th. That's actually only ten days from now.

I understand people can quit for whatever reasons. I am not angry/upset about that. Things in life change. I am just wondering if anyone has any opinion on it not really being a full two weeks, as it's not the first time I've seen it happen. We try to stress with employees that we need a two weeks notice if they're going to leave, as we are a small company and I will now have to scramble to find candidates, interview, train, etc.
It's never happened to me, but I have heard from colleagues that when they gave two weeks notice, they were given a few minutes to collect their personal stuff (under the watchful eye of their manager or security) and escorted out of the office. I'm not suggesting you'd do that, but it is becoming common.

The whole worker/employer relationship has changed, and two can play that unproductive game. I think the employer loses every time because words spreads. No one should be treated in this manner.
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Old 12-16-2014, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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It's never happened to me, but I have heard from colleagues that when they gave two weeks notice, they were given a few minutes to collect their personal stuff (under the watchful eye of their manager or security) and escorted out of the office. I'm not suggesting you'd do that, but it is becoming common.

The whole worker/employer relationship has changed, and two can play that unproductive game. I think the employer loses every time because words spreads. No one should be treated in this manner.
We're not a big corporate office environment. Small local business.

I'm going to call her later. I'm not going to make a big deal about it not being a full two weeks. At least it's something. I've had employees just do the "no call/no show" quit, and a few months ago had a guy quit with no advance notice/warning via text message.
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Old 12-16-2014, 08:25 PM
 
Location: Ontario, NY
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I've had employees just do the "no call/no show" quit, and a few months ago had a guy quit with no advance notice/warning via text message.
I had a co-worker give notice at 2pm that this was there last day, they were leaving at the end of the day. Really stupid in my opinion to burn your bridges like this, he had this idea in his head he was going to go down to Florida and get a IT job at Disney World. Six months later he was back in New Jersey looking for work.
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Old 12-16-2014, 08:30 PM
 
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Do you actually expect him to come in and work on Monday and Tues so you can get 14 days notice?
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