Recently I was talking with my nephew about his job working at a cookie manufacturer in the midwest. I asked, “How is your job at Cookie Company Inc?” “Ah yeah, I kind of quit that job. I put in my two-week notice and handed it to my boss and he said yea this isn't necessary. He told me I could just leave now.”
“So did he give you two weeks pay?”
“Nope. I just punched out and that was it. I was just trying to be courteous.”
I told him to keep giving his two week's notice! That is what all professionals do and all employers should honor that as your commitment to carrying out your project to completion.
Have you ever experienced anything like that? Where you put in your notice and basically are immediately fired
Advantages to giving two weeks notice:
- Gives you time to finalize your work
- Allows you to end on good terms with your employers
- Gives HR/IT time to do all the out-processing
- Allows fellow employees time to say goodbye or host a going away party
- Gives you the opportunity to network
- Gives your employer time to make you a counter offer
Disadvantages to not giving two weeks notice:
- You could get fire immediately
- Leaves a bad taste in your previous employer's mouth
- The previous employer might give you bad references in the future
My heart really went out to my nephew for getting burned by putting in his two weeks' notice. His heart was in the right place, but apparently, his employer didn't think so. It is always shady when your employer under cuts you and rejects your two weeks notice and just dumps you.
I'd be interested to hear if other people have had this happen. Where you've put in your two-week notice and then just get fired on the spot? How did you handle it?