What is a "Two Weeks Notice" and How to Submit One (+ Free Template) [2020]

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Two weeks’ notice is a notice period given to an employer when resigning from a current position. This provides the company with ample time and opportunity to replace job duties and responsibilities currently held. It is commonplace to have the company or employer hire a new employee or train an existing worker to replace the employee who is resigning.

Two weeks notice is sometimes referred to as “2 weeks notice” or giving a “final two weeks”.

A notice period of two weeks is considered standard in all full-time and contract positions. Employees should refer to their employee handbook (or employment contract if in a senior executive role) if they aren’t familiar with the notice period defaults that the company has as part of their human resource policies.

When submitting a resignation letter, it is often implied that the employee will provide two weeks of time to allow the position to be replaced or filled. This is considered providing “proper notice” to an employer and is generally standard practice across the United States.

Resigning from Employment

When an employee resigns from their duties, they should follow these steps:

When the employee decides to leave or resign, they often inform their current employer of the reason. Some of the reasons for leaving the current company might include:

Short Notice

When resigning from a position on “short notice” it means that the employee is deciding to leave the company on short notice, or less than two weeks of time to transfer the current job responsibilities to another coworker. Some reasons why an employee may decide to leave on short notice include:

Resigning on short notice is considered poor business etiquette as this places significant pressure on the employer to replace existing job duties. This is considered not providing “adequate notice” to the employer. And can make leaving the company on “good terms” difficult.

Depending on the situation, for example, a family illness. The employee may only be able to provide one week of a notice period. In this circumstance, the employee may be able to leave the company on “good terms” due to the reason and inability to provide a full two weeks notice. If the employee speaks with their manager about the reason for resigning properly, a professional relationship can be retained.

Often, short notice is provided to an employer when the employee is dissatisfied with the workplace or job. This immediate resignation is often based on the employee’s perspective and leaves the manager feeling there may have been a “better way” to resign. When possible, provide two weeks of a notice period.

Tips for Giving a “Two Weeks Notice”

When giving a two weeks notice, consider the following:

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Patrick Algrim is an experienced executive who has spent a number of years in Silicon Valley hiring and coaching some of the world’s most valuable technology teams. Patrick has been a source for Human Resources and career related insights for Forbes, Glassdoor, Entrepreneur, Recruiter.com, SparkHire, and many more.


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