How to leave a job after a short time
January 31, 2013 11:30 AM Subscribe
I hope this will be my last
job-related question for quite a while. I want to give two weeks' notice today or tomorrow at this
job and I'm not sure how to go about it.
posted by trillian to Work & Money (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I got an offer today for a new job that is very different from the one I have now: 25/30 hours a week instead of full-time; on-site, not remote; doesn't involve sitting at a desk all day; very family-friendly and flexible bosses. I started my current job just last summer, so it hasn't been long at all, and I feel bad about that. I didn't realize that it wouldn't be a good fit, and they promised more flexibility (with my schedule) than they delivered. I hate working from home (and they discourage working at coffeeshops or whatever), and I want to have more time with my young son. And even though I'm a writer, I want a job with less writing (and therefore less anxiety).
How much do I go into detail about my various reasons for leaving, especially after such a short time and since I basically told them last year that this was my dream job? If it matters, it's a nonprofit organization and my (all-remote) department is a great group of people. They may be shocked to hear that I'm leaving so soon, so I'm dreading giving notice.
Bonus question: Does anyone know what happens if you quit a remote job where you bought home office stuff and got reimbursed? File cabinet, keyboard, etc.? Are they likely to just charge me for it, or would they want me to give them anything that they could reuse in one of their offices? I'm talking about $800 or so.