How do I tell my boss I want to leave my job before my 3-month notice period ends?
May 6, 2012 4:47 PM Subscribe
How do I ask my boss to let me leave a month before my 3 month notice period ends when he wrote me a nice recommendation letter for a job that I was applying for?
posted by bie81 to work & money (12 answers total)
I have a 3-month notice period at my current job. At first I wanted to just serve 2 of those months and pay the necessary salary in lieu for the 3rd month..just to get out of the job as quickly as possible (can't afford to pay a full 3 month salary in lieu!) However, my boss persuaded me to stay for the full notice period so that I can smoothly pass over my work to the new person coming in to take my position. Hiring has started for that position and the new person should be coming in by early to mid June (abt 1 month before the end of my notice period). I agreed and put down a date 3 months away on my resignation letter. The main reason I agreed was because I had no new job lined up at that time and because I had been doing my job as a one-woman-show and no one would be able to really explain all the stuff I've been doing to the new person besides me.
Abt 3 weeks into the notice period, I applied for a new job. I asked my boss to help me write a recommendation letter and help forward it to his contacts at the new place I'm applying to. He was kind enough to do so. Now, the new place has decided to hire me, but I am barely into the first month of my notice period, and they need me in by another month's time (i.e.: a month before the full notice period is served). By that time, my replacement may not have come in yet and I may not be able to train him/her as earlier promised. I have no problems paying off the necessary salary in lieu as required by my contract, but I feel bad about asking my boss to let me leave earlier than promised, especially since he wrote such a nice recommendation for me.
So, what is the best way for me to broach the topic with him? How can I put it across to him that I want to leave a month earlier than promised in a way that minimises the damage to our professional relationship? (I won't be working with him anymore, but would like to maintain a cordianl relationship in case I need to work with him or the organisation again in the future. In any case, we will still be working in the same industry so our paths may cross from time to time).