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Old 11-25-2015, 09:26 AM   #21
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If you suspect you're going to weaken on your departure date, give 30 days' notice. That'll enable the boss to "talk you into staying" another month for the good of the team.
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Old 11-25-2015, 11:10 AM   #22
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You mention you work for a large megacorp. Does this megacorp have periodic reductions/layoffs? Do they respond positively if one of the reduced folks were to ask to stay longer? Probably not.

I understand you want to give them a good transition. The reality is that they won't commit to a good transition if you give them more time... only when it is evident that you are imminently walking out the door - or have left. I like the idea of giving them 1 month, then conceding a second month if they ask - especially if they sweeten the pot for the 2nd month.

Don't be surprised if they don't sweeten the pot or ask you to stay longer... Even if you're highly valued... It's not in every corporate culture to do so. And for some management they pretty much write you off as soon as you give notice.

But perhaps you have some OMY mindset going on.
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Old 11-25-2015, 11:45 AM   #23
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It's usually better to leave when the news is fresh everyone (at least the subset of the everyone that matter to you) is still happy for you.
Good words, Willers, thanks. Have had similar thoughts.
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I gave 90+ days notice as is required by my contract. When pressured to stay on, I simply have said how flattered I was by their request ; but, that I had made commitments already that could not be changed. End of story
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I gave 90+ days notice as is required by my contract. When pressured to stay on, I simply have said how flattered I was by their request ; but, that I had made commitments already that could not be changed. End of story
If you truly don't want to stay, this sounds like a good approach. And booking a trip for the first month of retirement is a good idea for all kinds of reasons.

I gave my boss 6 weeks verbal notice and she announced it to the group a month before I left. That was plenty of time for everyone, and I was in a pretty unique management role. Only got a couple of phone calls or e-mails in the next few weeks and that was it. I wasn't as invaluable as I thought I was.
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Old 11-25-2015, 12:01 PM   #26
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I think being honest is important.

It sounds like you are done, done but you don't want to let him or the team down.

I'd turn it down like this:
"I appreciate that you value my expertise, but I think it would be disingenuous of me to pretend that additional compensation (or whatever) would be a positive motivation. At best I'd be a mercenary... At worst I'd resent it. Im confident there's other people that can do it and maybe me leaving will be a catalyst for them to step up. Either way I have to be honest with you and myself."

Something like that. Assuming that's how you feel.
Great post, petershk. I do have a feeling of not wanting to let the team down; however there is enough toxicity in the air to mitigate that quite a bit.

I like your turn-down response, but might also throw in something like "I feel like I no longer have a sufficient level of passion to be successful, and thus do not want to jeopardize the outcome of this important program".

In the end I certainly do not want to burn any bridges, just in case I need them.
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As an update, I met with my boss on Friday and told him I was retiring on 2/5/15. After two "No ways" he was very supportive and well, cool about it. No pressure to stay; in fact he didn't even mention it.

So...the countdown begins! Thanks everyone on the forum for your replies and support.
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however there is enough toxicity in the air to mitigate that quite a bit.
It was quite refreshing to get away from that feeling of toxicity. It was prevalent throughout the company I once w*rked for.
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The countdown begins. Congrats!
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Congrats. I'm sure you feel great getting your plans set.
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