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Two Weeks' Notice


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When an employee resigns from a job, two weeks’ notice is a traditional, standard amount of time that the employee agrees to continue working for his or current employer. At the end of the two week work period, the employee is no longer an employee of the firm. Two weeks’ notice has some current variations and is often not required or appreciated by the employer.

If your job is sensitive and you have access to company information, confidential information, and computer information systems and data, your company may not want you to work out your two weeks’ notice. You may instead find that you are escorted to the parking lot when you resign. Other companies have adopted immediate termination as their standard practice upon employee resignation.

In these cases, most employers pay for the two weeks, even though they were not worked, because the employee offered to work and was turned down. Employers have many reasons why an employee’s two weeks’ notice is not desired.

From the employee’s perspective, the longer you stay in the company, following your resignation, the more possibilities exist for something to go wrong for which you would experience consequences. This can include anything from an information system crash to a company decision that you would later have to defend in court. Depending upon your job, two weeks’ notice might not be in your best interests. Currently, some career experts recommend that you make your last day of work the day you resign.

Recommendations for managerial positions are two – four weeks’ notice so notice time is also affected by the position. At the same time, if a new employer is waiting in the wings, their standard expectation is that a new employee will start in two weeks unless a different time frame is negotiated.

If you have an employment contract that states two weeks’ notice or other variations on notice time is required, an employee and employer must abide by the terms of the contract. Depending on the situation, the employer may want to pay for the time in lieu of allowing the employee to work his two weeks’ notice time.

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