Giving more than two weeks notice when quitting a job?
August 13, 2011 11:42 AM Subscribe
Should I give my supervisor several months notice like he asked?
posted by parakeetdog to work & money (37 answers total)
My supervisor has asked me to let him know if I start to look for a new job. Well, I am looking for a new job, but I don't want to tell him. He asked me nicely to give him several months notice if I plan to leave, but there is no guarantee that even though I am looking for a job, that I will get a job.
I like and respect my supervisor, but my workplace has become toxic over the past year. He is relatively new and I have been there for many years. I have a lot of institutional knowledge that no one else has and that my supervisor has not had time to learn.
Both of our jobs are extremely busy and there is very little time for me to teach him how to do my job. My workplace has the habit of taking months to replace someone who leaves. If I leave, he will be stuck with an enormous amount of work that no one person could handle.
He has been good to me and shielded me from a lot of the insanity of upper management. I want to do right by him.
On the other hand, I need to look out for myself. My instincts and friends in HR tell me not to let him know I am looking for a new job. My supervisor specifically told me that he would be very upset if I only gave two weeks notice.
I have an interview this coming week, for a position that the company wants filled immediately. In this economy, I'm not confident I will land this job or any other jobs in the near future.
If I tell my supervisor I am looking for a new job, it will result in him giving me fewer projects. I need the experience of new projects though to boost my resume.
In short, what would you do? I feel like my supervisor is asking too much and I need to look out for myself. When I put myself in his shoes, I would be extremely unhappy if I left without giving notice. I feel like I'm stuck.