Q: Im planning to retire some time in the New Year and I want to give my employer more notice than people in entry-level jobs do. In the past, when people in my position left, it took the company three months to replace them. m sure theyll be filling my position. Should I give them three months notice? Planning Ahead
A: Dear Planning, two weeks notice is the absolute minimum when you resign, wherever you are on the organizational chart. Three months notice may make you happy that youve done the dirty deed and you may begin to move forward, but you risk becoming persona non grata kept out of meetings, other office functions, in other words, The Loop. People will naturally withdraw when they know youre on the way out.
Even with good, longstanding relationships, some employers tell employees to pack up their belongings and leave immediately. (Some even call in Security to make certain customer lists and intellectual property dont disappear.) If your experience there leads you to believe you can risk everything, decide what will be best for you, including how and when to resign. mlc