There are two ways to leave a job: by choice or not by choice. As most of us would prefer to have a say in the length of our employment, we do all we can to not get fired. When we finally decide to move on from our current job, we, the professionals that we are, offer our employer two weeks notice. But maybe we didn’t really think this through, maybe it would have been better to just quit on the spot because, man, those last two weeks of work are just the worst. They’re the most cumbersome, strange days when you’re just “kind of” employed. You never really know what to do with yourself and even if you do, you’d really rather be doing anything else. It just stinks.
Depending on your relationship with your employer or the environment you’re working in, you may be subject to the old cold shoulder. In my experience, this usually occurs in smaller operations where the owner or your direct supervisor takes your resignation extremely personally. While this makes things palpably tense and awkward around the water cooler, it might be one of the better possible circumstances for this kind of thing. If your boss is actively ignoring you, you can feel free to stay at your desk, type a few things, harbor your disdain for your boss and daydream about your bright future. After ten days you can leave without a twitch of sadness. Your exit will feel incredibly awesome and you’ll be so thankful that you’re not only out of that job but away from the meanie of a boss. While this scenario is cloaked in negativity, it may be preferable to the elaborate charade of of trying to make it look like you’re doing something when you’re really doing nothing.
Last week I left my job of two years. I didn’t have a terrible time at the company, I just decided it was time for me to move on with my life. Of course there were elements to my job that I didn’t care for and that’s what sparked my desire to leave, but I had no ill-feelings toward my employer, co-workers or managers. In fact, I really liked everyone a lot. Giving my two weeks notice was bittersweet…but working those last ten days was agonizing.