No, I am not giving notice – maybe one day, but not right now. However, I wanted to share some tips on when you are giving notice and the things I’ve learned over the past 25 years in my working life experiences.
I have given my two weeks’ notice a handful of times and it has been the same process. I write a letter and talk to my boss sharing the news with letter in hand. I work the two weeks and work as hard as I did when I first started the positions. This is who I am. I worked for one company that I didn’t care for as much, however, I kept my routine when I gave my two weeks. I actually gave the company three weeks’ notice and continued to work.
In the past few years in the hotel life I have observed the following (not the best ways to resign):
- Giving two weeks notice and not showing up for the last few shifts without notice.
- Giving two weeks notice and not showing up for any shifts.
- Giving three hours notice before a scheduled shift and saying ‘I quit’. Did I mention the next week’s schedule was posted an hour before I got this text from the employee who gave notice.
I am shocked at how these people survive in the workforce. How can they morally act this way towards an employer. (unless it was a situation where it was warranted) My experiences with the above examples have been from people who I worked with in the past, coached, and genuinely liked and thought they had a good work ethic. How did I not see their other side?
After researching giving notice I have found the following:
Unless there’s an employment contract in force that states the amount of notice to be provided, Canadian common law requires that “reasonable notice” be offered by the employee when they resign. It’s normal (but not a legal requirement) to give two weeks of notice.
Each province has different regulations when it comes to employees giving notice. Some provinces share weeks to one day’s notice is acceptable. Now that I have experienced someone quitting three hours before their shift, I think more and more people take the ‘but not a legal requirement’ literally and it’s true, it’s not required to give two weeks’ notice, but 3 hours? My ego says: Really? Who are you? Sorry, this is my true inside voice and as an employer, I would hope that I set an example of morals and kindness. This type of behavior will trigger my old behavior and think I am not a good manager. Then my true self steps up and ensures me of what I already know. It’s not me, it’s their issue. I do not make up a person’s behavior or create the story they are stuck in. I am simply here to assist and lead a team in a successful hotel that is a collective effort. Each one of my team members contributes to the bottom line. I learned this from various general managers and like-minded colleagues over the years. The theme is providing a safe and healthy environment for all employees and guests. If they don’t feel this way I also encourage all guests and employees to let me know there is an improvement to be looked at and I will, I have and I do. Sorry, this is more of a rant than a simple post about giving your resignation. However, I see the rant as more of a plea to all employees, no matter where you work, to please share your concerns with your manager, if they don’t know how are they to help address the concerns? I say the same thing to guests, I tend to say, ‘Thank you for sharing your feedback, if you didn’t tell me about “x” then how are we to grow? I appreciate the opportunity to visit our current policies and amend where needed.” This is true, I appreciate all feedback and this is how we grow our team.
Do’s & Don’ts of giving your notice:
I did mention there would be some tips on giving notice. Here are my top favorites:
- Try to given at least two or one weeks notice in writing and verbally.
- If it’s feasible, offer to help during the transition and afterwards. The offer may not be accepted, but it will be appreciated.
- On your last day, make sure you return any property of the workplace, uniforms, name tag, paperwork, and anything that was provided as part of your postion.
- Say good-bye: Before you leave, take the time to send a farewell message to co-workers and to let them know that you are moving on to a new position,retiring, or doing something else with your life. Collegues will want to say good-bye and good luck.
I am not saying these are the end-all ways to give notice or how to behave. It’s just curitious and I want to have faith in people. Maybe I still have some things to learn about human behavoir.
Until Next Time, Keep on Typing…