The woman was left stunned when she discovered that her understanding of "two weeks" notice at her workplace did not align with her employer's expectations, who still expected her to continue performing all of her job duties.
Employer's Shocking Expectations During Notice
Hanny (@hannynutcheerios) took to TikTok to express her disbelief that her employer expected her to work during the entirety of her two-week notice period.
Last Day Confusion
Hanny says: "Tomorrow's my last day at work and honestly I'm so confused because I thought when you submit your 2 weeks it's kind of like when you're a senior in school and it's the last two weeks before the summer break."
Overloaded During Notice
She adds that her company wanted her to carry on with her usual job responsibilities during her two-week notice period “as if nothing's changed,” even though she had also been handling tasks beyond her job scope.
Hanny also mentions that she was being under the impression of a promotion just three weeks prior.
Undervalued and Unfairly Compensated
She also shares that her decision to leave her job was primarily due to feeling undervalued and not fairly compensated for her additional workload.
Same Workload, No Change in Pay
Hanny was shocked to learn that even during her two-week notice period, her employer expected her to continue completing the same workload without any change in compensation.
Not on the Same Page
In contrast to how her former employer defines a two-week notice, Hanny emphasized that in her mind, a two-week notice was meant to be able to smoothly transfer her responsibilities to another person.
She stated, "And I thought the whole point of a two weeks notice was that you can transition your stuff to another person?"
Exploited for Work
Hanny believes that the notice period was mainly a tool for individuals to train their successors, rather than exploiting them for maximum productivity, as she expressed, "Not squeeze as much work out of me as possible.”
Pay More for Retention
Adding to her argument, Hanny suggests that if someone possesses a high level of expertise and knowledge in certain tasks, their employer should pay them more than the other employees to retain them.
"Because if I was really so important to these tasks, because I have so much knowledge on them, then why didn't they just pay me more to keep me longer?" she questions.
Blaming the Passive Attitude
From Hanny's viewpoint, her attitude at work is to blame for management's expectation for her to complete all her job responsibilities during her last two weeks with the company.
She continues, "And because I'm a pushover, I still did some of the tasks anyways, but honestly at this point what are they going to do? Fire me?"
Finishing Strong at Work
In the comments, Hanny shared that she was told to "finish strong" at her job, but jokingly added, "but I also only use 10lb dumbbells so that really sucks for them."
The Purpose of Notice Periods
There were those who supported Hanny's initial assessment of the intended use of a two-week notice.
“100% the point is to transition the role and responsibilities to your replacement” one viewer expressed.
Outside the Box Solution
A different commenter suggested a creative way to handle the OP's job expectations, which is simply taking a " 3 h lunch!"
Is Giving Two Weeks' Notice Necessary?
An interesting viewpoint was put forth by one person who argued that two-week notices are advantageous for employees, and that unless under exceptional circumstances, they should never feel obliged to provide that courtesy to their bosses.
"Never submit a two weeks,” they advised. “You either get fired or slaved. When you work at an amazing company and need a letter afterwards is the only time you do.”
Fulfilling Job Responsibilities During Two-Week Notice
Another viewer argued that the whole point of a two-week notice is “to not put your employer in a bind” by providing or giving them sufficient time to find a replacement, them ample time to find a replacement, and thus employees still need to fulfill their job responsibilities during that period.
Knowing When to Give Notice and When to Leave Suddenly
Someone else put forth the argument that it depends on the position and whether burning bridges or being perceived as unprofessional is a concern. “Otherwise, just quit without notice, same diff,” they wrote.
Working at Full Capacity Until the Very End
One viewer who could relate to Hanny's situation shared their experience, stating that they've worked at “full capacity” during the two weeks notice period.
They continued, “On my last day at my last job I worked late to get stuff done.”
The Two Weeks' Notice Debate - For the Company or the Employee?
Ultimately, the question remains whether the two weeks notice period is solely intended as a window of time for the company to find a replacement and enable knowledge transfer to other staff, or whether it's intended as an opportunity for the employee to ease out by reducing their effort and focus.
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