Oh, by the way, this is my two week notice!
January 27, 2013 11:17 AM Subscribe
Is it proper etiquette to turn in a resignation notice in-hand? Also, I have a great manager and have a few questions about that.
posted by signondiego to work & money (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm leaving a company I have been with for two and a half years. I was recently offered a promotion at another location but declined, although I did not explain why. This is a Fortune 500 company, and being young with little work experience, I hope working for them will get a future employers attention and I would like a good reference as well.
What is proper etiquette here? When putting in a two week notice? First thing I thought of was to just drop it in the HR mailbox, but something tells me I should handle it better than that. Should I talk to HR and give it to them in person? Or to my direct manager? Or his manager, who is in charge of all things?
Also, I love my manager. I've been through quite the up-and-down in the few years I've worked through it, and he's helped me through it. Professionally and personally. I've become a better person and a better worker because of him.
I am moving across the country for a better experience and to have a better quality of life, and that is the only reason I am quitting. He was aware of this for the longest time, although in March him and I both agreed that it was best to reverse course and stop publicly talking about that if I wanted a future with the company. Because I never knew when I was going to leave, and I would not get promoted if they knew I might be leaving in the future.
I never wanted to advance within the company, but it was best to tell a white lie. I figured that if I was offered this promotion, it would have been months ago when it would have made a difference for me.
Even lately, he talks about me staying with the company and blah blah blah. But I have never lead him on or said anything of that nature. I just simply told him that I was interested in a career with the company when we had that meeting in March, and I never told him otherwise since then.
If you're a manager, would you want one of your main employees to tell you directly that he is leaving? I kind of feel bad for him that I am leaving, because 1) I am one of his hardest workers and might be difficult to replace right away and 2) he is under the impression I am still interested in that promotion and staying with the company.
I would also like to ask him for a reference from him directly. Is that appropriate, too? Also, would you accept a small gift? We work in retail, so maybe a gift card of a small amount, or a gift card for some place he likes to go to?
Maybe I am overthinking this. I could just as easily drop my notice in the mailbox without caring about it, but I figured there must be a more professional way to do this.