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.


Question Of The Week: Dear Employer, I’m Leaving You Today — 1 Comment

  1. How about make as many notes as possible on how to perform your job, detailed notes, then give notice the week before.


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