The Case For Not Giving Two Weeks Notice

Have you ever wanted to march right into your boss’ office without a contingency plan and simply burst out by saying you’re quitting?

Well, we’ve all been there but at this point we pretty much know it’s not a prudent thing to do.

Sure, you should line up another job and give at least two weeks notice in order to not burn any bridges. Plus, it’s courteous to your colleagues in addition to your employer to not bail all of the sudden. In fact, some people may give three or even four weeks if they’re in the middle of major deadlines.

But alas, there’s always a situation or two where you want out and you want out now. Or maybe your new employer has an aggresive start date in mind and you can’t wait to move forward and not look back.

Lucky for you, we read this piece on U.S. News & World Report, and it dished some advice. There are actually some cases, the piece pointed out, in which you can walk right out the door.

For starters, even though you give notice your boss may want you out that day. Be prepared for that possible scenario. Similar to getting laid off and only having until the end of the day to pack up your belongings, this situation of resigning may occur as well.

Cash flow is always a hot topic so just be sure if this happens that your boss isn’t trying to get you off the payroll that day instead of the end of the two-week period. (And in that case, do this at your own risk of course, you may want to resign by giving one week notice instead of two so you have that additional week of cash flow.)

One main case for not giving two weeks notice falls under the category of being abused. It won’t be a faux pas to pack up and leave sooner than two weeks; harassment is serious business and nothing is worth more than your sanity and safety to get out of that environment. The sooner the better if you can swing it financially. In the piece, Lindsay Olson wrote,

“If you feel you have been harassed or verbally abused, there’s no benefit to staying. If you’ve done your best to rectify the situation, you’re probably not too worried about getting a reference from this job anyway. Take your sanity and go. Likewise, if your current job has caused undue stress, ask yourself what the benefits to your health are, if any, in staying. Likely none.”

Overall though it’s ultimately a judgment call on whether or not to give your two weeks and only you know the answer of what to do based on your own situation. In any situation you’ll want to weigh the pros and cons of leaving a little earlier and what feels appropriate to do.