Dear Robyn and Skippy,
I left I job I liked about a year and a half ago for a new job that pays more money. The new job seemed interesting and I have learned a lot, but I find the day to day work to be a drudgery. Worse than that, the new job is really creating a lot of stress in my life and my friends are getting tired of listening to me complain about all this ‘work drama’.
For months now I have been thinking that I need to find somewhere else to work and have been submitting my resume to various organizations. Last week someone called me about a position. The job pays about 60% of what I currently earn and has fewer perks, but it promises to be much less stressful and I think a much better fit for me personally. So, at this point, you are probably thinking I am going to ask for advice on whether I should stick with the old stressful high paying job or take the new opportunity. Nope. I already decided I am taking the new job.
The new job starts in about a month and a half. I am excited about starting the new job, but now I need to tell my current employers that I am leaving. I am afraid this could lead to a terribly awkward situation, in which I will be working the already stressful job with the extra stress of everyone secretly hating me for abandoning them. I checked the employee handbook, and the only requirement for resignation is that an employee provide something in writing on the day he/she resigns (ie; no 2 weeks notice necessary).
However, I feel like I should give some sort of notice that I am leaving, so the position can be advertised and a replacement can be hired. I don’t know, I just feel like it is rude to leave without giving any notice at all. Also, I would rather not make a tough situation even worse for my work-mates, whom I have grown to like. However, as mentioned before, I have no interest in creating a totally weird situation for myself at this job before resigning.
I guess my question is this: “how do I break up with my current employer?”
There Must Be 50 Ways To Give My Notice
Read Robyn’s response here: She Says: Don’t Burn Any Bridges
Read Skippy’s response here: He Says: There Are Three Ways to Leave Your Boss
What do you think? Is notice to give or not to give? How much and how so? Leave your comments below.