Two Weeks Notice
After getting a new job, I know you’re excited to begin your new adventure. But you cannot forget the delicate dance known as the Two Weeks Notice. Everyone’s situation is different, so keep that in mind. I’m just sharing how my recent two weeks notice played out.
I debated my approach a few times. Do I give my teammates a brief warning before making it official or do I allow them to enjoy their weekend and let them find out with everyone else? I dropped the news on Friday and picked their brains on how to delivery the death blow.
If you’ve been following for awhile, you know I am a little dramatic and over the top. In my head, I thought my team would be devastated and my company would grind to a standstill. Reality check as everyone barely blinked. Business is business. They understood my decision and quickly moved on to more pressing items. I took a step back. What happened? I’ve always been sentimental and have a romanticized view of work. Obviously my team and company are not the same way. Perhaps I was not being truthful with myself. Who wants to think they are just a cog in a machine that can be easily replaced without a second thought?
Before sending my letter, I talked it over with my supervisor. We had a great open discussion about why I was leaving. He even offered some pointers on how to form my resignation letter. When (day resigning and last day), Why (reasons I am resigning), and Positive Spin so I am leaving on good terms and not burning any bridges.
In keeping with the not burning bridges theme, my closest teammates and I went out for drinks one last time. It was just what the doctor ordered. We reminisced on our highlights and lowlights. We caught up with some personal news. We looked to the future with hope and the promise to keep in touch. Good times.
I tied up some loose ends with work, did some knowledge transfer, and wrote a few until next time notes to teammates in other geographical locations. I also shot a thank you note to upper management thanking them for the opportunity and praising them for their leadership. I did have some issues with office politics and left a comment during my exit interview survey. I pointed out an issue which everyone already knows about, but didn’t add too much venom, leaving the door for me to return if our paths cross again. Until next time.