More notice vs. more stress?
August 29, 2012 8:23 AM   Subscribe

How do I time submitting my resignation, in order to best give my employer(s) time to prepare, without adding too much additional stress to a big upcoming project?

I have a job which involves several different components. For part A of the job, I am present on-site Monday through Friday, 9-5. For part B of the job, I am technically an independent contractor. The way this works out is that when I'm at the office, I'm doing whatever needs to be done, depending on what's most urgent.

I'm going to be starting grad school full time in January, so I will be resigning from the 9-5 component of the job in December, but planning to keep the freelance/contractor component and do that remotely. I have not told my supervisor about these plans yet, but had talked with him in the past about working remotely if I had to leave.

We've got a big event coming up in October, which I'm helping to plan and execute. The part of the job I'm leaving will require us to give the new hire a lot of training, so I don't want to leave my supervisor with too little time to hire someone and train them without my help. However, I worry that if I submit my resignation now, before our event, it'll just add unnecessary stress to all the other things he's taking care of.

What do you think I should do? Wait until mid-October when everything's done, or submit my notice ASAP to give him more time to prepare?
posted by overeducated_alligator to Work & Money (2 answers total)
Have the discussion with your boss ASAP and come armed with a plan.

A small bit of extra stress now is infinitely preferable to having a bunch of stress at the end of the year.

Don't give notice, just inform him that you are planning to attend grad school in January and want to give him as much of a head's up as you can.

You formally give notice two-weeks before leaving.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 8:27 AM on August 29, 2012 [2 favorites]

The only worry is that some workplaces will escort you from the premises immediately when you announce plans to quit. However, since they like you well enough to hire you twice (!!!) I would probably not worry about that.

In that case let them know ASAP, with a specific-as-possible date. It will relieve worry for your boss, not create it, letting him/her decide on the best timing without you trying to second-guess them. (On the other hand it might burden you with a trainee for longer than you'd like, adding a third job to your current two.)
posted by Ookseer at 7:44 PM on August 29, 2012

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