Why do you have to give your employer 2 week notice when you decide to leave?
They can decide at any time to let you go for any reason without notice.
Ya they're the boss. They need to get someone to replace you. Here in India it's a months notice. At least you'll have half the time
You don't have to give you employer any notice but there are drawbacks to not giving proper notice. Employers have the right to withhold any perks they may extend to someone who gave appropriate notice (sometimes employers request 1 months notice or more for key positions). These perks include having sick/vacation/personal time paid out to the employee, the ability to be rehired by the company, or having the employer act as a professional reference in the future.
Although how an employee leaves is confidential, enough people know or can deduct if your termination from employment was positive and negative which has an impact on your reputation. In some fields, reputation is everything.
Giving 2 weeks isn't mandatory but it is a courtesy that is expected. You will most likely not be replaced within 2 weeks- that is a very short amount of time but the employer at least has a jump start into replacing you before you stop working to avoid a great impact on their operations.
It's just been like a tradition with workers that, as a courtesy, you give your boss 2 weeks notice so that the company's work is less disrupted by them having the time to hire and start training your replacement.
I thought that it worked both ways where they also had to give you notice. Has that changed over the years?
Because you probably signed a contract that stipulated those terms, it may be the norm in your country, the norm in England for hourly/weerkly paid workers is 1 week.
There are several reasons due to which you give a notice period of two weeks-
1. It is an standard procedure to give notice period.
2. In between this notice period employers can get all the information what you did in past and can get track of that, such as accounts details, passwords which you use to use for current employer.
3. At the time of joining usually a contract is made between employer and employee that you have to give a notice period of that much time.
4. In between that period your current employer can hire a person at your place so the work of that organization can be as usual.
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