How to work your notice, gracefully - page 2

by madwife2002 11,857 Views | 24 Comments Senior Moderator

So you have decided to leave your current job, youíve had enough of working hard, no teamwork, you donít like your boss, co-worker, management, the drive is too long, the acuity is too high, you never get a break and you hate... Read More


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    One thing you did not mention was what to say to an employer who has allowed a horrible working environment. I would be honest with it. Many times people are leaving jobs continually and no one know what the issue is. We have three units at my facility and on the 3-11 shift ( a particular supervisor) we had the highest amount of resignations within one year. Employees need to be truthful with issues and managers at their jobsite so HR can know. HR typically never knows all the nonsense going on at a site.
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    Quote from katherine100
    One thing you did not mention was what to say to an employer who has allowed a horrible working environment. I would be honest with it. Many times people are leaving jobs continually and no one know what the issue is. We have three units at my facility and on the 3-11 shift ( a particular supervisor) we had the highest amount of resignations within one year. Employees need to be truthful with issues and managers at their jobsite so HR can know. HR typically never knows all the nonsense going on at a site.
    You can identify this at an exit unit, but to be truthful I do believe HR knows all about problems with managers 99% of the time.
    I think they choose to ignore it
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    As I think, whether you hate a job or loved it and have or need to go, leave on good terms best. Dont be too sorry to be leaving that you place your self in a position doing extra than you need to like taking extra work days, and taking peoples loads of work, and dont be too happy that you can literally tell everyone to kiss your ass. if it is a "kiss my ass" situation, say it in your head with a smile on your face. But all due, it's not necessary to leave grudges in that you never know when your new or future new jobs may require some contact with the job you are leaving./ Be consistent and leave on a good note. you'll be better off that way.

    ...and i will be in a kiss my ass situation soon, but I ''ll do better because I know better. and leave a good terms. simple. lol.
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    I have 1 week left at my facility and my aim is and has been to leave gracefully. I have been treated well, but even if I hadn't been I can only control my behavior, and it's easier to sleep at night that way. I am however, wondering how to respond to the EXIT interview. I would like to be truthful b/c there are issues that really should be resolved...
    ie; lame NM- no follow up on serious concerns re: pt safety/med admin, low moral on the unit d/t habitual offenders (calling in, leaving responsibilities undone) not being reprimanded for not caring enough to correct their behavior,
    Basic disregard for co-workers by lame/lazy nurses who are forever pushing responsibilities onto the next shift, small facility drama (unreal the amount of drama that is "created" and not even real)

    So I will focus on how the job has been a good thing for me, which it has. I am leaving Med/surg for my first job in E.D.
    My aim is to keep the door open for ME. Hopefully this foolish activity will not be part of my next job.
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    Quote from goalienrse
    I have a mixed reaction to this post.

    I left my first nursing job on good terms, filled out my notice happily and thanked HR for the oppurtunity and did everything right. But was leaving bc I had what I thought was my dream job waiting for me. So when I found out it wasn't, were 8 months later, they accpted me back with open arms.

    My 2nd job, the one I left for, was a horrible exp I will never forget and would leave nrsg and eat dog food before working for them again. I gave my 2 wks after 6 months. I gave it my all, even stayed over completeing my work 45 mins after my shift on my last day. Did me no goood! I went on 5 interviews before having too crawl back to first job. I don't know what HR said or did, but I have my suspicions, bc how would I know what there saying?

    So basically I'm saying the article is right, but it still may or may not do you any good.
    Certainly, there are not guarantees, but it pays to do what you can to put the odds in your favor, as you say.

    The majority of people will not chose to do what is wrong unless you give them a plausible reason. Leaving with a lousy attitude and poor performance in the notice period can be that reason.

    Some people will incline to do what is wrong, unless you make it hard for them to. Following the advice of the article does make it harder to justify dumping on someone who's been a good nurse right up thru the last shift.
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    I wouldn't do an exit interview. They sound like a great idea on paper but I believe it actually can come back to bite you in the butt too. Remember, HR is not your friend.
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    You would be surprised at how much HR knows, a lot more than we credit them for. Re the exit interview always a difficult one and I havent got a lot of advice on how to manage them. It has been my experience that they don't always do one when a place is awful, I sometimes think they do not want to know or they dont want to hear about it! Either way I would go with my gut!


    Quote from exit96
    I have 1 week left at my facility and my aim is and has been to leave gracefully. I have been treated well, but even if I hadn't been I can only control my behavior, and it's easier to sleep at night that way. I am however, wondering how to respond to the EXIT interview. I would like to be truthful b/c there are issues that really should be resolved...
    ie; lame NM- no follow up on serious concerns re: pt safety/med admin, low moral on the unit d/t habitual offenders (calling in, leaving responsibilities undone) not being reprimanded for not caring enough to correct their behavior,
    Basic disregard for co-workers by lame/lazy nurses who are forever pushing responsibilities onto the next shift, small facility drama (unreal the amount of drama that is "created" and not even real)

    So I will focus on how the job has been a good thing for me, which it has. I am leaving Med/surg for my first job in E.D.
    My aim is to keep the door open for ME. Hopefully this foolish activity will not be part of my next job.
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    It's always better to leave on good terms than on bad . . . and our own behavior will often decide which it is. There are plenty of times when it's tempting to take the low road, but that can come back and bite you in the butt when you least expect it.

    Good article and good advice.
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    I don't believe that at all. HR it seems does not know enough. Nurses b*tch and complain to eachother more than going to management.
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    I would like to remind people to resign with caution.
    You should be prepared to be without employment for the notice you give. I recently gave my job the required 15 day notice so I would not be considered a "do not rehire" and to do the right thing by my management and co-workers. I was told by my manager not to come back to work for those 15 days. I had worked my last shift. I was shocked. I had no problems at my job before giving notice. I loved everyone I worked with and had a great relationship with management...or so I thought. I only left because my dream job had come up and I had to move for the opportunity. I was planning on helping to precept someone to take my position if needed but instead I ended up without a paycheck and no money until my first check from the new job came. It was a hard month. I was in no way ready for them to end it that way. I guess it had upset them that I was quitting and this was the only way they could "punish" me. I know I did the right thing by giving proper notice, and I suggest you all do the same, just a word of caution to be prepared for the chance that you may need to have something saved up until your next check after giving notice. I don't want others to be trying to move (which is always expensive) with no pay coming in. I never saw it coming...
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