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Old 06-24-2013, 10:11 AM   #21
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I guess I'm going to be one of the few (if only) people who thinks...props to the guy on his exit. When you put in as many years as he did, dealing with God knows how much BS, you've earned the right to leave in any fashion you want.

Perhaps I feel that way because I'm more mercenary about jobs than others. I firmly believe the concept of loyalty in American corporations died long ago. It's entirely possible to get tapped on the shoulder, be laid off/fired, and walked out that day. So I have no problems selling my loyalty to my employer just two weeks at a time (with every paycheck).

While I'd probably give my employer two weeks notice, I seriously doubt I'd ever give more, and I could envision at least a few circumstances that would make me slip out just like this guy did, under the radar with no notice at all (especially if I felt I, or my work, wasn't appreciated).

Whatever the circumstances...he's free. And props to him on that.
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Old 06-24-2013, 11:11 AM   #22
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I understand that some people may be in a position where there would be minimal impact from sudden, unannounced retirement. That just was not so with my situation as a corporate executive working with numerous locations. We were lucky to find a person who looked like a suitable replacement several years before I even thought about retiring. They came along really well and there was a seamless transition of responsibility during the months prior to my leaving.
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Old 06-24-2013, 11:24 AM   #23
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I could see how a quiet unassuming worker could be here one day and gone the next. If you keep your work life and real life separate it's no big deal. The scary chapter closes...and the real one stays open...
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I understand that some people may be in a position where there would be minimal impact from sudden, unannounced retirement. That just was not so with my situation as a corporate executive working with numerous locations. We were lucky to find a person who looked like a suitable replacement several years before I even thought about retiring. They came along really well and there was a seamless transition of responsibility during the months prior to my leaving.
I agree that people in executive positions, or other positions that could materially affect a company if they were suddenly vacated, do need to do more advance succession planning.

However, being nothing more than a peon my entire corporate existence (I'm not complaining - I never could stomach management and all the BS that went with it, so never pursued it), my leaving wouldn't materially affect my employer at all. Hence, I've never worried about succession planning, and never have given more than two weeks notice, which I think is entirely sufficient.
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I could see how a quiet unassuming worker could be here one day and gone the next. If you keep your work life and real life separate it's no big deal. The scary chapter closes...and the real one stays open...
Exactly! As time draws closer for me to exit the IT world, I could see myself doing that, too. Because I don't keep any personal belongings in my cube that would be missed if I were to clean it out in advance, nobody would see it coming. And I definitely keep work and personal life separate. Once I decide to leave the IT field and the 9-to-5 workplace, I never intend to re-enter it. So any ramifications of me being there one day and gone the next are moot.
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Once I decide to leave the IT field and the 9-to-5 workplace, I never intend to re-enter it. So any ramifications of me being there one day and gone the next are moot.
Smart very smart, I have been keeping in touch with some special people on life type issues, but no project crap, I can't imagine going back to IT.

I loved IT for many years, but the day I got out I was done for good.

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