The Right Way to Give Your Two Weeks Notice

Sometimes it’s hard to find the best way to tell your superior that you are going to pursue another career path or job offer. It can feel awkward and uncomfortable, but it’s important to leave your position on good terms, if at all possible. You never know what kind of recommendation they could give you or referral they can offer.

Tell your boss before others.

Out of respect, let your boss know before telling anyone else on your team or human resources. This can prevent him or her from feeling blindsided. Plus, going over your supervisors head may leave a bad taste in his or her mouth and make them feel undermined.

Do it in person.

If possible, give your boss a face-to-face resignation, even if your company contract requires written notice. (Do both!) Find a time when you and your boss can sit down in private to discuss your leaving. This action will show that you not only respect your boss enough to give notice, but that you respect and appreciate the opportunity they gave you to work at the company.  Of course, speaking to your boss in person will allow you to end your work experience on a good note by clearing up any unwanted or unpleasant issues.

Give enough notice.

Most companies require a two-week notice prior to leaving. If not, the standard is still two-weeks. Your employer needs time to start looking for someone knew and begin the transition process. This will also allow you to tie up any lose ends with projects, assignments, and or clients.

Continue to do your job.

It’s easy to feel like you’re on paid vacation for the remaining two weeks at your company. You’re already mentally “checking out”, as they say. However, you don’t want to leave your employer high and dry and backed up on work. If you have assignments and projects you are working on with other colleagues, make sure you finish as much as possible before you leave to show your support and continued dedication to your job, even if it is just for a couple more weeks.