No, you won’t be escorted out of the building by “the resignation police.” There is a way to do this well and you are at risk in the future.

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I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm a coach who helps people professionally in
many different ways. And someone want ed to know, "what happens if I don't give two
weeks notice now let's look at the resignation process and it's not like
you're going to be escorted out by the resignation police at your company what
will happen is your manager will call over to HR they'll be a little annoyed
because they really don't have a lot of time to prepare for your departure yes
they can assign some people temporarily for work but they've got to get HR
working on this fast because you're walking out the door now depending upon
the role that you are in, they're not going to get this job filled by the time you
leave anyway but you've given them a certain amount of time to get used to
the idea of your leaving to think about who's going to temporarily fill the slot
versus someone who they might hire now from your standpoint number one is make
your new employer happy. Number two is there's a risk to your
reference at some point in the future I didn't say it's damaged forever but
depending upon your relationship with your manager and how you tell them,
you can hurt your references in the future let me tell you how to do this
and that is that Friday afternoon when you are giving notice and you walk in and
you tell them you're gonna be leaving, "I really would appreciate a favor. My new
employer needs me on quickly and thus. I'd like to be able to start the week
after next on Monday I know that's only one week notice and you say it with
sincerity. Say "I'm sorry that I'm inconveniencing I really am but well I need
me now. Yes I understand but I'm going to be leaving and you recommend someone
internally who might be able to step into the role temporarily and say
I'm gonna be leaving at the end of the next week I'd really appreciate it if
you understood and I'm very sorry for doing this. And thus, what you're doing
is you're appearing contrite, you're appearing as though you know you did
something wrong you're trying to get there okay
but, ultimately, you're telling them, "I'm going." So it's not like they're
going to say, "well, we're not going to pay you for that week. It's what it is . . . and
that's you know the risk is again around the reference but usually you can
explain it to your current boss. I hope you found this helpful. My website is There's a lot there to help you.
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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
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2 Responses
  1. Cheshire_Skatkat

    Screw all that. Most jobs are I right to work states where an employer can terminate you at will.
    You think a job is going to give you a two weeks notice before firing you?
    Not to mention, giving a job a two weeks notice gives them grounds to be vindictive. They might just fire you right there just to spite you. Screw em.

    1. Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

      I agree and they can damage you at reference check time. I have another video about when it is OK to quit without giving notice.

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