Predicting future resignations: Why it’s a waste of time

Social conventions in the United States mean that, for the most part, managers only get two weeks notice when an employee leaves. Legally (unless there is a contract), employees can simply walk away from a job with no notice. (And, of course, companies can terminate employees with no notice as well.) This is called at-will employment, and it’s how most jobs in America operate. Because it generally takes much longer than 2 weeks to recruit a replacement, wouldn’t it be great if managers could know, in advance, who was planning to leave?

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3 thoughts on “Predicting future resignations: Why it’s a waste of time

  1. Sneaking in a comment whilst the little one sleeps (until the roofers start that is). You’re bang on when you say that some managers would behave really badly when told a employee may be planning to resign. Professor who told me not to talk to a employee who just resigned and also demanded to know what her rights were in this situation I’m looking at you.

    1. Yep. Bad managers don’t need this tool. And frankly, their businesses will suffer if they use it.

  2. Of course, the simple, reliable way of getting plenty of notice is to have a CONTRACT specifying 3 months notice of termination by either party. As we have in the UK. Instant dismissal for gross misconduct is usually still possible.

    Wanting notice of an employee leaving, while retaining the power to fire them at-will is just hypocritical.

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