You may have heard, it’s a job-seekers job market at the moment. What does that mean? It means that candidates can easily move on to their next career choice. There seems to be more jobs than qualified applicants. Employers are struggling to find top talent while employees can seamlessly get called for an interview and offered a shiny new position. When this occurs, employees then decide if they will give the customary two-week notice.

Some employees have been known to simply walk out on their duties while others are willing to give a month’s notice. Additionally, employers are asking employees to leave that day and ultimately not accepting the notice, while some are begging for more time. Whether you are an employee or an employer, we’re ready to give you some insight.

If you are an employer, what are the pros and cons of accepting the two-week notice?

Pro: The business has more time to create a game plan.

Meet with leadership and quickly decide who will take over their responsibilities. Then, use the job description to develop a job posting that will appeal to your next employee. Better yet, reach out to a Recruiting firm that has existing talent in the pipeline.

Con: You are paying an employee that may not be productive.

You’ve already noticed that your employee is smiling again and has suddenly become a morning person. During their last two-weeks of employment, will they take care of your customers, treat other employees with respect, and not steal your stapler? It’s a gamble. If you do decide to accept the notice, ensure that the employee has clear expectations regarding the last two-weeks of employment. Also, be sure to share that if they are not able to commit to the essential functions of their job, they will be asked to leave prior to the completing their notice period.

Pro: The next employee could benefit from an excellent trainer.

If you are 100% sure that the employee exiting has the best interest of the company at heart and also has done a great job, let them train their replacement. It will be a win-win for all parties involved. Questions get answered, productivity stays high, and business doesn’t skip a beat. This is the right time to take away the emotion and do the right thing for the company.

Con: Two-week notice Tony is telling everyone to come with him.

The employee has whispered to team members that there is light outside those doors. They can make more money, have better hours, and have an unlimited supply of doughnuts in the breakroom. Then, other members of the team are considering leaving the organization. It’s a total disruption to your company and even the brand.

We don’t envy you, it’s a tough decision. Our team can help you make the right call. Contact Willis HR at 803-714-3715 or email info@willishr.com.

Now, employees also have a pretty significant decision before them. If an employee takes a deep breath, has paper in-hand and delivers the two-week notice to their supervisor, what are the pros and cons?

Pro: You carry on with your head held high and professional integrity in-tact.

No pressure. It’s the expected professional courtesy that an employee can bestow upon their employer. You are notifying your employer in writing and giving a specific amount of time until your departure. You will be remembered in a positive light and have a final two-weeks to make a positive contribution to the company.

Con: You have to handle workplace haters.

Let’s face it, your supervisor is going to be less than thrilled. Your co-workers will be jealous, and your closest work friend will become distant. Be prepared to handle some awkward conversations and emotions over the two-week time period. It’s up to you to stay professional and productive.

Pro: You have time to say good-bye and truly transition.

Most Americans spend more time at work then we do at home. Even though you accepted a new position, it’s okay to mourn the loss of the friends you won’t see and certain aspects of the job. It’s completely normal to have mixed emotions and this is the time that you are able to work through those feelings. Finish strong, complete tasks, and give some goodbye high-fives.

Con: Your boss tells you to leave that day, anyway.

Maybe your company has some unwritten policy that when an employee gives their resignation they must leave immediately. You have to pack your desk and leave the premises. You tried to do the right thing, but they can’t let you stay. Your notice wasn’t accepted, and you wasted a solid 20 minutes on that thing.

There are obviously many other pros and cons for both sides. Employer and employee chess is complicated. The best advice is to think through each decision and the potential consequences. Weigh your options, don’t react emotionally and make the best decision based on the facts.