(Closed) How common is a one month notice?

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Two weeks is standard across the board in basically any career, unless you have a contract stipulating otherwise.  I’ve had jobs that tell people not to come back at all after they give their notice.  I tihnk giving a full month is excessive, unless you’re in an industry that’s very hard-pressed to find replacements.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I would not recommend it. There at reasons that two weeks is the norm: it gives you enough time to wrap everything up and create a smooth transition, without it being an extended period of awkwardness. Like the pp said, they can walk you right out the door once you announce you are leaving, if they feel like it (not to be overly negative, but it’s just good to be aware that that is a possibility).

Congrats on taking the leap to running your business full time!!

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I’ve certainly never heard of anything less than one month.  In the UK at least, one month is standard.

My Dad has to give 6 months (he’s pretty high up in his career though).  SO had to give one month in his previosu job, as did I.  I think SO has to give more than one month in his new job.

Post # 6
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Busy bee

Two weeks is the norm, but I once gave six weeks notice to a job I left. I knew they wouldn’t try to oust me early, and the major urban area isn’t that small, so there was a risk they could learn I accepted another job with an extended start date. But, I had complete faith in the group I worked for that they would actually appreciate the extended notice.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

One month is standard in my industry.  It’s longer if you’re more senior.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I should add that contractually we had to give one month.  The employer *could* choose to let you leave earlier but I think would have to pay you for a month plus holiday pay.  Some people give more than one month out of choice.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If you don’t think they would try to make you leave earlier, I think more notice is a good thing because it gives them more time to find the best replacement! I’ve given a month’s notice at a job before because I was going back to school but I genuinely liked my employer and didn’t want him to have to scramble.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I work in healthcare where a full month’s notice is not only standard but often can be required if you are looking to cash in any benefit options when you leave. I’ve given anywhere from 4-8 weeks notice when leaving previous positions even if I was staying within the same company. I find that very few employers are going to honestly find fault with an employee who is making a career advancement and giving the extended notice shows that I respect the manager/director and position enough to help train any replacement(s).

That said…I don’t know about careers in other areas or how your notice would be perceived. I really think it just depends on your type of job.

 

Post # 12
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Worker bee

I have a 3 month notice period!! I’m quite senior where I work but I still think it’s massively excessive!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@kate169:   I’m just thinking that I want to show them I respect them and my time here meant something to me so in case I ever have to crawl back and beg for a job….lol

Absolutely! No reason to burn bridges if you don’t have to! Plus, leaving on a good note could eventually be beneficial to your personal business. Word of mouth travels and when someone says “Kate169 used to work for/with me. She’s dedicated and very honest (ie: she didn’t lead me on at her review). She’s even thoughtful enough to haven given an entire month’s notice instead of only 2 weeks!” You never know who might hear that and think “Hey, if Kate169 operates her personal business the same way, I want to give it a try!”

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I work in engineering and I recently gave a month notice. My evaluation was also coming up and I couldn’t in good conscience talk about my next year of work when I was planning on leaving in 4-6 weeks. My boss was appreciative or the notice, as well as me not bs-ing my evaluation just to turn around a week or two later and resign.

 

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

2 weeks is required in my company, but I’ve seen several people give 3-4 weeks. It was greatly appreciated because we could make sure that the transition of projects went smoothly. I agree, it shows respect for your employer.

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