Post # 1
I need some advice about when and how to submit my notice/resignation at my current job.
My husband and I have been living about 10 hours away from our hometown for the last 3 years and the distance from family is starting to wear on us – we would also definitely like to be moved back there before we have kids.
We’ve both had good opportunities for jobs there come up this spring and decided last week to pursue those and not to renew our lease in September.
I’m really struggling with how/when to tell my work, though. My team is expecting a big push of work for July/August and is understaffed as it is. They assure us they’re looking for more team members but they seem to be dragging their heels. The bigger issue is that my boss is pregnant and due 4 days after our lease is up. Although she knows I’m looking to move back to my hometown eventually, I don’t think she’s expecting it right now.
I’m just not sure whether I should tell them soon so they have time to find a replacement for me that I could possibly train over the summer, and deal with the resentment and drop off of work that comes from knowing I’m leaving for 3 months, or if I should wait until later in the summer and give a month or so notice instead. I feel really terrible because this is obviously not an ideal time for this, but this is a good opportunity for us and I’m afraid to pass it up.
Post # 2
I wouldn’t tell them until it is closer to your end date. I’ve worked at places where people give their 2 week notice, and management tells them to just leave right away. You don’t want to not have a job for the next 3 months…. Also, it’s nice that you are concerned for the company, but it is not your job to train in the next person. Just wait awhile, and maybe if asked, voice that you think staffing is low and that they should look to hire more people (but I wouldn’t tell them I’m leaving).
Post # 3
I guess it kind of depends on what your position is, but I would not tell them this far out. Even if they’re understaffed and will be screwed without you, you never know if someone will act on emotion and tell you not to come back. I think one month’s notice (if you can afford to stay afloat if they tell you to leave immediately) is generous if you have and want to maintain a good relationship with your employer. I’ve given two weeks notice everywhere that I’ve left.
Post # 4
This is not a tricky situation. You wait until 2-4 weeks out from your last day to give notice. Do not worry about training your replacement or anything that happens at the company after you leave (your boss’ maternity leave, being understaffed, etc). This is a strictly business decision and you have to put yourself above the company in this situation.
If you give notice early, you run the risk of them just asking you to leave since even the best employees tend to “check out” a little once they give notice. You also run the risk of them hiring your replacement and then letting you go – most companies don’t have the budget to have two employees doing one job.
Post # 5
Don’t feel guilty. Don’t think for one second that your company or your boss wouldn’t get rid of you if it was in their best interests, so act in yours.
I would tell them a month out. That’s more than you need to, so it’s being kind, but also close enough that I would guess if they did just fire you (seems doubtful bc seems like they need you) you wouldn’t be out a ton of money….
Post # 6
mcola85 : I’m in the same position; planning on leaving my job at the end of August to find something closer to home, and we are somewhat understaffed and there have not been any plans to hire additional staff as of now. I actually made a very similar post a few weeks ago, and the concensus I got was to give 1 month notice at most (since I feel bad that my coworkers will be the ones screwed being understaffed). Be sure you are in a position financially though to take a month without pay in the off chance that they tell you not to come in anymore. That’s my plan, at least.
Post # 7
I think it depends on your work environment – I personally love my company and didn’t want to leave them in the lurch so as soon as I found out I was pregnant I told them (especially relevant because I have medical issue that we knew could result in me having to stop working unexpectedly during the pregnancy). To me, making sure my co-workers and teams were covered and giving my bosses time to find a replacement and help train them was important.
So – don’t think it is necessary to tell them now but if you feel close to your bosses or coworkers and feel confident that they wouldn’t take advantage of the early notice it might be a nice gesture
Post # 8
1 month notice is standard for professionals. I’d give that.
Post # 9
Agree with PPs, I would give one month notice unless your employment agreement states otherwise (I believe my previous job required 6 weeks for customer-facing employees to ensure a smooth transition).