Career Advice

Three Situations When Two Weeks' Notice Isn't Necessary

arzolo August 17, 2021

It's always courteous to give your employer two weeks' notice when you intend to leave the job. It isn't mandatory, but it's an adopted custom. Many employers will place workers on a no-rehire list when they fail to provide two weeks' notice before they leave. So most of the time, it's the right thing to do. However, these are a few situations when leaving a two weeks' notice is not necessary, and no one will fault you for not doing so:

You Get Assaulted

It's okay not to leave two weeks' notice if someone assaults you on the job. It doesn't matter if the assault comes from your boss, a customer, or a coworker. Anytime you feel unsafe at your job is the perfect time to say goodbye.

Your Job Affects Your Mental Health

It's acceptable to leave without providing two weeks' notice if your job affects your mental health as well. You deserve to work in an environment that does not cause you anxiety, depression, paranoia, or any other negative feelings. Thus, you can leave your current place of employment without notice if doing otherwise would make you experience too much pain.

You Need to Start a New Job ASAP

Sometimes, a new job opportunity is too good to let it slip away. In that case, you might have to start your new job before you can finish completing two weeks at your current job. You can explain it to your employer and see if they will allow you to work as long as you can without holding anything against you. You might get a positive response from the employer, and you might not. You can take a chance and see what they say in that situation. They may or may not appreciate your honesty.

Take the information above and then decide for yourself the best way to handle your situation. You may want to forgo the notice if you feel unsafe in any way.