Notice question from a reader who wants to quitI want to start by sharing parts of a comment from a reader who decided her job is not going to work out. Most people write to tell me they are miserable and want to quit immediately, without notice if possible … so this was particularly interesting to me:
I have been at my current job for 4 months, and it’s clear to me it’s not a good fit. I feel no connection to the work whatsoever, it’s extremely lonely, my work ethic and working style don’t mesh with those of the department I find myself having to respond for other people’s oversights and missteps which is ethically troubling for me. Although I know I don’t owe anything, I am someone with a lot of integrity and my biggest concern is the effect my leaving will have on my department. I am considering giving a month’s notice to try to ease the process… do you have any advice?”
Some of my response:
“I think that sounds great, if it also works for you. It shows what a considerate person you are. My only advice is to speak with them about this, discuss details of your leaving and your preferred end date (they may even go for less), offer to add training notes if that feels right, and leave with the best feelings possible on all sides.
In the end, we give our best to the world when we also are happy.”So what about those other readers looking to run off into the sunset — and as far away from a job they can’t stand as possible!