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Posted: 2/27/2006 6:50:20 PM EDT
I work in a somewhat professional environment, my direct supervisor is not a friend so to speak, but he is not a complete stanger either. I have to quit tomorrow, I took another job, I am going to give him 3 weeks notice.

Do supervisors take this kind of thing well?

How do I initiate the conversation?

I wrote a little letter based on some examples off the net, but that is all i know....
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 6:51:44 PM EDT
Just walk in and tell em your resigning. And the date you will be gone.
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 6:52:52 PM EDT
Just walk in with that letter, he will know what it is. That'll break the ice. Best of luck in your new job.
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 6:52:58 PM EDT
Just don't burn any bridges unless you really want to.

You never know who you will see down the road.

Link Posted: 2/27/2006 6:53:01 PM EDT
Be courteous, be professional, thank them for the opportunity. Shit happens all the time, they know people move on for better opportunities. Just don't burn any bridges.
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 6:53:49 PM EDT

Originally Posted By rcoers:
Just walk in with that letter, he will know what it is. That'll break the ice. Best of luck in your new job.



Do I just hand him the letter or tell him we need to talk or what?
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 6:54:03 PM EDT
Short and sweet is the way to go.

"I have decided to leave employment with xxxx to pursuit other interests and opportunities"

It's a free country, and it's just bidness. They would do the same to you.

One of my guys quit after I spent 10,000 training him. No sense taking it personal though.
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 6:54:08 PM EDT
just be ready to be escorted out of the building instead of working for three weeks.

Some places do that. Some don't. Just be prepared for it in either case.
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 6:54:35 PM EDT
Id talk to him.
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 6:54:42 PM EDT
Yep, if you feel like you can't say it then write it in a letter stating that you resign to take a posistion at another firm and when your last day will be. Refrain from saying shit about the current company because you don't want to burn that bridge if the new job does not work out. Just be nice and all will be good. If they give you shit then just politely walk out. The key for you is to be cool and respectfull.
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 6:54:48 PM EDT
You tell him exactly that. This is a business relationship, not a personal one. Quitting your job is not an act of betrayal, and shouldn't invoke any reaction other than negotiation if he thinks you're worth keeping around.

Besides, you already have another job. If he does take it personally, there's really nothing he can do about it other than give you the next three weeks off without pay, in which case you should tag his wife and take a steaming shit on his desk. JMHO, YMMV.

CO
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 6:54:53 PM EDT
Lay a loaf on his desk and place your badge in the pile. You don't need no stinkin' letter.
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 6:56:24 PM EDT
..and it begins...


I love it.



..dry dock a stink pickle in his cube...


Link Posted: 2/27/2006 6:56:44 PM EDT
Fuck you, fuck you, fuck you, YOU'RE COOL, fuck you! I'M OUT!
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 6:58:21 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/27/2006 7:09:26 PM EDT by HKTackDriver]
Start with a maniacal laugh:

MWAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAAAAAAA

Proceed to speak to your audience:

FUCK ALLLLLLLLL YOU BITCHES AND HOES!!!

Tell them what the purpose of your meeting is:

I'M DA FUCK OUTA HERE!

Progress on why you're resigning:

None of you mutherfuckers appreciate what I do here. I'm overworked, underpaid and the damn secretaries are all old and ugly. I neeed BITCHES!

Share your feelings on your departure:

YOU ALL CAN LICK MY SWEATY UNEMPLOYED BALLS!

Then depart on good terms:

I'll be filing a claim for unemployment also. Oh yeah, I nailed the bosses wife and youngest daughter during the last company picnic. That was some fine poon!

I guess you can say I haven't had any experience going the diplomatic route!
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 6:58:32 PM EDT
Take Richard Nixon's example, keep it short and sweet:

"This letter is to inform you that, effective [insert time or date here], I resign my position as [position] at [organization].

Yours,

[signature].
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 6:58:35 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Midnight-Sniper:
Lay a loaf on his desk and place your badge in the pile. You don't need no stinkin' letter.



OMG. Thats funny.

I think my main concern is that he sits in a cubicle and i want to get him into a meeting room maybe instead of having all his coworkers here it, but if I set up a meeting, he will come down and ask me what the meeting is for in front of everyone anyway.

Maybe I will just give him the letter and ask if he would like to talk in a meeting room... hell I don't know.
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 6:58:38 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/27/2006 7:01:37 PM EDT by FLAL1A]
ETA: Don't build up to it. Just catch him in his office "Bob, I need a minute," and close the door behind you. Or when he stops into your cube, quietly speak as indicated below.

Do it in private, in his or your office as circumstances fall out, "I'm going to have to leave XYZ Corp. I've enjoyed my time here. I wrote a formal letter for your files." [tendering same]

Dear [Supervisor]:

This letter is to inform you that effective [date], I am terminating my employment with XYZ Corp. Any future correspondence should be addressed to me at [home address].

I thank you and the entire XYZ organization for the many courtesies I have enjoyed over the last [weeks/months/years].

Very truly yours,

Enigma.
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 6:58:41 PM EDT
Most places require it in writing so writing a letter is a good idea. Be brief, you do not have to explain yourself. Something like:


Dear Mr Asshat,

I am resigning my position effective xx/xx/xx. Thankyou for the opportunity to work here. It has been a beneficial experience.

sincerely
Enigma2y0u
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 7:02:09 PM EDT
Bring a letter stateing your date you will resign on....

They will probably let you go right there.

It's violence mitigation as well as theft issues.

It's new age HR stuff.

Expect it.

Just be prepared to give as much time as you can, but,
be prepared to be nice, and, a pro in the way out the door.

Or your could SS and, STFU.

It's a win either way.
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 7:02:16 PM EDT

Originally Posted By HKTackDriver:
Start with a maniacal laugh:

MWAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAAAAAAA

Proceed to speak to your audience:

FUCK ALLLLLLLLL YOU BITCHES AND HOES!!!

Tell them what the purpose of your meeting is:

I'M DA FUCK OUTA HERE!

Progress on why you're resigning:

None of you mutherfuckers appreciate what I do here. I'm underworked, overpaid and the damn secretaries are all old and ugly. I neeed BITCHES!

Share your feelings on your departure:

YOU ALL CAN LICK MY SWEATY UNEMPLOYED BALLS!

Then depart on good terms:

I'll be filing a claim for unemployment also. Oh yeah, I nailed the bosses wife and younest daughter during the last company picnic. That was some fine poon!

I guess you can say I haven't had any experience going the diplomatic route!


That's pretty good.....

Did you practice?
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 7:04:38 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SWO_daddy:

Originally Posted By HKTackDriver:


I guess you can say I haven't had any experience going the diplomatic route!


That's pretty good.....

Did you practice?



Naaa, only once. The shere joy of leaving that firm gave me a hard on when I walked up to the old bat and gave my notice. Her face just about fell off since they were promoting me that afternoon to a salary paying $20k less than the job I went to.

I POLITELY declined and wore my shit eating grin for the next 14 days.
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 7:04:42 PM EDT
Be courteous, matter-of-fact, and professional. Walk in, exchange pleasantries, and explain that you've decided to move on to new employment for personal reasons. Hand in your resignation letter. Express gratitude for the fact that you've been given a job for x amount of time, and give your best wishes to the soon-to-be-former employer and their business. Make eye contact, give a manly, businesslike handshake, and go on about your life.
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 7:08:53 PM EDT
If he asks why, do i give him respectful, but real reasons, or just some made up BS.
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 7:09:35 PM EDT

Originally Posted By enigma2y0u:
If he asks why, do i give him respectful, but real reasons, or just some made up BS.



Tell him you are leaving to pursue other opportunities. Don't say 'better opportunities.'
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 7:09:52 PM EDT

Originally Posted By enigma2y0u:
If he asks why, do i give him respectful, but real reasons, or just some made up BS.



you dont' need to tell him anything. just tell him it's time for you to move on.
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 7:11:29 PM EDT
Oh, one thing I forgot... during the period of your "notice", work hard, train your successor if asked to do so, and just generally be a good employee. You want their final impression of you to be positive; you never know when you'll need another job reference.

IOW, don't burn your freakin' bridges!!!

You haven't heard that before, have you?
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 7:12:37 PM EDT
A friend of mine quit at my last job, he went in the managers office with a letter giving his two week notice.
The next thing we heard was the manager yelling "The fuck, you didn't just quit to go to work for THOSE guys....".
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 7:19:56 PM EDT
Expect to be escorted out.

Some companies just do that nowadays.

Might be worth asking your future employer if you can start early if you are asked to leave. I plan on doing that, as I am almost certain to get escorted out. (I would have said certain, but the last guy didn't get escorted out. First since I've been there (5 yrs) not to, though.)

Either that, or consider not giving the traditional 2 weeks notice, but rather only one. That way you aren't out as much money if you are escorted out.

All depends on how much you like/dislike your company.
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 7:23:37 PM EDT
I don't think that aI will be escorted out. no one else has. I feel kinda bad about quitting, but seriously if over half the people in an 8 guy group have left in the last year, you'd think they would catch on. I like everyone there, but the company is run kinda poopy.
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 7:30:32 PM EDT


Copy files and/or take things out of your office that are yours to take before you disclose you're leaving. Sometimes its good to have samples of work prodocts so that you don't have to recreate the wheel.

You might be escorted out. It happens.

As most others have said, have the letter written and be direct when you talk to the supervisor.
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 5:43:43 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/28/2006 5:44:24 PM EDT by JavaMan]

Originally Posted By five2one:

Copy files and/or take things out of your office that are yours to take before you disclose you're leaving. Sometimes its good to have samples of work prodocts so that you don't have to recreate the wheel.

You might be escorted out. It happens.



It's happened to me. That's why whenever I get a new job the first thing I do is start making copies of everything I might need for my next job. Some people may think it's bad idea to immediately start planning on getting thrown off a job from the very first day, but I can tell you so far it's worked great for me dozens of times already!


As most others have said, have the letter written and be direct when you talk to the supervisor.



If you need some help with a resignation letter, this one one may give you a few ideas:



Dear Mr Baker,

As an employee of an institution of higher education, I have a few very basic expectations. Chief among these is that my direct superiors have an intellect that ranges above the common ground squirrel. After your consistent and annoying harassment of my co-workers and myself during the commission of our duties, I can only surmise that you are one of the few true genetic wastes of our time. Asking me, a network administrator, to explain every little nuance of everything I do each time you happen to stroll into my office is not only a waste of time, but also a waste of precious oxygen. I was hired because I know how to network computer systems, and you were apparently hired to provide amusement to myself and other employees, who watch you vainly attempt to understand the concept of "cut and paste" for the hundredth time. You will never understand computers. Something as incredibly simple as binary still gives you too many options. You will also never understand why people hate you, but I am going to try and explain it to you, even though I am sure this will be just as effective as telling you what an IP is. Your shiny new iMac has more personality than you ever will. You walk around the building all day, shiftlessly looking for fault in others. You have a sharp dressed useless look about you that may have worked for your interview, but now that you actually have responsibility, you pawn it off on overworked staff, hoping their talent will cover for your glaring ineptitude. In a world of managerial evolution, you are the blue-green algae that everyone else eats and laughs at. Managers like you are a sad proof of the Dilbert principle.

Seeing as this situation is unlikely to change without you getting a full frontal lobotomy reversal, I am forced to tender my resignation. However I have a few parting thoughts:

1. When someone calls you in reference to employment, it is illegal to give me a bad recommendation. the most you can say to hurt me is "I prefer not to comment." I will have friends randomly call you over the next couple of years to keep you honest, because I know you would be unable to do it on your own.

2. I have all the passwords to every account on the system, and I know every password you have used for the last five years. If you decide to get cute, I am going to publish your "favorites list", which I conveniently saved when you made me "back up" your useless files. I do believe that terms like "Lolita" are not usually viewed favorably by the administration.

3. When you borrowed the digital camera to "take pictures of your mothers b-day", you neglected to mention that you were going to take pictures of yourself in the mirror nude. Then you forgot to erase them like the techno-moron you really are. Suffice it to say I have never seen such odd acts with a ketchup bottle, but I assure you that those have been copied and kept in safe places pending the authoring of a glowing letter of recommendation. (Try to use a spell check please, I hate having to correct your mistakes.)

Thank you for your time, and I expect the letter of recommendation on my desk by 8:00 am tomorrow. One word of this to anybody, and all of your little twisted repugnant obsessions will be open to the public. Never fuck with your systems administrator. Why? Because they know what you do with all that free time!



Hope this helps!
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 6:02:42 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 6:11:22 PM EDT
Well I quit. It wewnt smooth. I am going to stay there for 3 weeks to help roll out a project. I think it went well and I feel like we have a goood respect for eachother. He is a good manager and doesn't really deserve the turn around he has gotten lately. I am headed to back WY now. Everything you guys said was right on track.
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