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Do you have this in your Employment Contract – 6 month resignation notice

September 29, 2008

You shall provide us a 6-month notice of intent to resign.

I personally went thru that in my last company. Yes there are 2 sides to the coin. The company needs the assurance of business continuity and needs time to find a replacement. The question is,

  • If there are more people than jobs available, why would it take 6 months to fill a vacancy?
  • If a position is managed well, why would it take 6 months to complete a handover? (unless they’re hiring a complete idiot or the company’s so messed up it created a single point of failure in your position)

IMO, long resignation periods usually end up more damaging to the company. If the company interviews a replacement who too has to serve 6 months on the other side, can it afford to wait half a year? And how do they deal with morale problems when a good employee resigns but is forced to stick around, inspiring other good employees to leave as well?

Sure, some companies waive the requirement if they feel its cheaper to let you go early than pay you for 6 months. Or they might not want to expose their secrets to you any longer. Or they don’t know if your decisions still serve the company’s best interests. All this just makes the 6-month clause questionable.

What about you, what do you think is a reasonable notice period for resignation? 1 month? 3 months? 24 hours?


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3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 29, 2008 9:50 am

    I think 3 months is more than reasonable. One month might be too short to find an adequate replacement for a senior position.

    6 months is just too long unless you are really way up high in the company hierarchy.

    The best part is I was in a junior position at the time like most 25 year olds. I notice those with less complicated roles had shorter notice periods.

  2. September 29, 2008 10:01 am

    It depends on your role. For a junior position, 1 month is ok i guess. 2 mths notice sounds more reasonable. 3 months …a bit long. Unless your position is a senior lead or top executive level ….anything more than 2 months would b consider quite lengthy.

    but 6 months? er…maybe a MD or CEO?

    Yeah, that seems to be the norm, and maybe 3 months for manager level. I was a project manager when I left. I was also co-opted into HR management. And also Market Research. And also half of service delivery management. All at the same time. (Yeah, cheapskate co.) 🙂

  3. hamzah permalink
    September 29, 2008 5:37 pm

    depends on your responsibility and position, I know of CEO/COO with 1 year notice 🙂

    One year? Wow I dunno whether to congratulate or feel sorry for the guy, hehe. 🙂

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