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Why Giving Two Weeks Notice is Simply Not Enough

Change is inevitable, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to deal with, particularly when it comes to our careers. That said, there are ways to make the process of switching to a new job better for everyone involved. Show off your professionalism throughout the process, and you’ll avoid burning bridges and make the process a lot less painful.

According to a recent opinion piece on Dear Design Student called, “Two Weeks Notice is for Sandwich Artists,” one key aspect of making a job change less difficult for all parties is giving the proper amount of notice when leaving a job. Wondering how much time is proper? Read on.

How to quit like a professional

Respected author, marketer, and business owner, Mike Monteiro, recently wrote a superb piece about how to quit like a professional. Most importantly, he rails strongly against the idea that the oft-mentioned “standard” of two weeks notice is enough.

Monteiro says that—once you’ve reached adulthood and entered the professional world—you should instead consider the type of work you do and how difficult it will be to fill your position. Sure, you might need to only give two weeks notice if you work in a basic retail position, but if you’re an integral part of a professional organization, three weeks up to a few months may be more appropriate.

Think it’s not a big deal and prefer to move on quickly? Even if you “hate” your boss, consider that not giving your employer adequate warning not only risks bad blood with them (and no future recommendation), it’s also the kind of jerk move that can leave your coworkers in a bind.

So what is the appropriate length of notice? According to Monteiro, “Your notice needs to be based on your workload, not a specific period of time.” Think about the people around you and do your best to balance everyone’s needs. If your new employer is at all reasonable, they’ll likely be glad to hear you want to give your current employer more than two weeks notice—it’ll show you are a valuable team player and will probably extend them the same courtesy in the future.

Check out the full article to delve deeper into the topic and hear his insights for both business owners and employees.

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