want to have a pleasant goodbye for both sides
July 5, 2012 12:39 PM Subscribe
How to part with your current employer in good terms?
I had discussions with a few friends on the experience of leaving a company or a group to work for another company or group. From my limited sampling of the situation, it seems that if you just tell your current employer out of the blue that you will resign in two weeks and you will start working for another company, you will likely to get angry or cold response back. In one situation, the current group leader asked the person who's leaving to work for another group in the same company to continue work for them for 8 more weeks which is the upper limit set for that company for group changing transition period. Even after that person worked for another 8 weeks, they are still treated coldly. In another situation, after giving the two weeks notice, the group leader asked the person to leave the company the next day instead of the two weeks the person had planned to continue to work. In the situations where the parting was nice were that cases when the person who's leaving would stay home for the kids or start his/her own research stuff. So it seems that if the boss feel that you either hated them or abandoned them for the better, it will angry them. If it's personal issues, then it's ok. I understand this, but there got to be ways when you jump ship for better career opportunity and do not anger your current job, right? This whole discussion makes me wonder what I need to consider when I need to resign my job. Is it better to give hint to the group leader that due to family reasons or misfit or something else, you are likely to move in a few months, then ask what things need to transfer and wrap up and stuff like that. I want to ask the hive mind here of your experience, and how to handle it with the best manners possible without sacrifice yourself unnecessarily. The standard requirement in industry setting is merely two weeks notice. Thanks folks.