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Old 05-15-2017, 01:36 PM   #1
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So I gave notice today...

...and didn't get an immediate escort out the door, so that was good. LOL

In retrospect, all of my anxiety about today seems a bit foolish. My boss seems genuinely happy for me, and basically took a 'hey, you do what you have to do, don't worry about us' approach. In a good way. My HR person was equally happy for me, and we chatted about someone she knew who retired to Mexico. And both of them were *very* happy that I gave 90-days notice. Plenty of time to let me train my replacement, when we find them...

Of course, no one asked me how they, too, could retire early-ish. I guess they just accept that I'm a bit odd that way without it ever occurring to them to do the same. Which is strange to me, but still...

Man. Here I am again, quitting a perfectly good job! Still sinking in...

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Old 05-15-2017, 01:58 PM   #3
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Congratulations! That was very generous of you to give so much notice.
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Old 05-15-2017, 02:05 PM   #4
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Man. Here I am again, quitting a perfectly good job! Still sinking in...

Oh YEAH, man, that's the ticket! Great feeling, isn't it? Congrats!
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Old 05-15-2017, 02:08 PM   #6
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Man. Here I am again, quitting a perfectly good job! Still sinking in...

It is a strange feeling, isn't it? I had the same thoughts last January when I retired. I am sure some thought I was crazy to give up a very good salary.

Here we are, almost 1-1/2 years later, and the nest egg has grown by more than I could have possibly saved in 5 more years .

I know it can go the other way just as easily, but, for now, it feels good.

And, for the next 90 days, you get to call the shots. No weekends, no late evenings. What are they going to do, fire you
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Man. Here I am again, quitting a perfectly good job!
Nothing to be ashamed of - lots of guys suffer from premature retirement. Takes a little time to learn to pace yourself, which you've probably learned by now.

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Nothing to be ashamed of - lots of guys suffer from premature retirement. Takes a little time to learn to pace yourself, which you've probably learned by now.

Enjoy.
A silver lining to growing older, to be sure. LOL
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Old 05-15-2017, 04:47 PM   #12
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I gave only a months notice. But, was mostly quite open about my plans for a couple yrs prior, as layoffs were fairly common and I wanted it clear I could take a "package" easily if it would help the bottom line and/or prevent a job loss for someone less well situated. You may hear some resentment as the 90 days pass and even more likely, it may drag at times as you yourself anticipate the ER life (there have been a few threads on this phenomenon), but all in all i found my last few yrs and those last 30 days especially a primarily joyous time, and most colleagues were quite happy for me, and had good conversations that I hope assisted them in their own planning. Congratulations!
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Old 05-15-2017, 05:19 PM   #14
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Just don't rub it in. Someone I know was recruited away, but not the first in their group. The earlier leavers gave 2-weeks notice and had to work those two weeks. By the time my friend gave notice, management just said, "Go!" AND paid them two weeks without them having to show up for work like their co-workers did.
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I gave about 90 days notice too. It was the easiest 90 work days of my 40+ year career.

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Old 05-15-2017, 06:13 PM   #16
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I am going to retire 20 October (or earlier if i can sell my house). I am conflicted on whether to give four weeks notice (company requirement/request) or give five months notice next week. It would sure be easier letting cat out of the bag in terms of finding replacement, being able to discuss retirement (we are going on three months of travel), and not being stuck in normal annual review activities.

Flip side is that i can get sidelined early although i don't think they can escort me to the door without severance. Has anyone given far advance notice and been shown the door?

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Good for you! I know you have been part of this group and must be prepared for that day.

I was so happy to find a site like this when I was just about to retire. A big help and could ask a lot of questions was deal maker for me.

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Bet you slept well last night. Not only did you enact your plan, but the reception was more positive than might have been expected. That others in the shop might not follow in your path should not be a surprise: FIRE deviates from modern American consumer culture.
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