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Gave my notice this week!
Old 10-07-2016, 12:24 AM   #1
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Gave my notice this week!

So excited! The day after my bonus cleared, I gave 30 days notice. My boss is now groveling for me to stay longer. We don't need the money and I'm not motivated to do so. Humored him and said I'd think about it over the weekend but I already know my answer is thanks but no thanks.

What answer do you think is best that defies argument:
1. Sorry, I promised my spouse and my marriage takes priority
2. Time is more important to us now than money. Can't get time back so we need to spend it in accordance with our values.
3. Personal plans prevent my being able to stay longer.
4. Some other answer?


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Old 10-07-2016, 05:40 AM   #2
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Take this job and shove it
I ain't working here no more
My woman done left and took all the reasons
I was working for
You better not try to stand in my way
'Cause I'm walkin' out the door
Take this job and shove it
I ain't working here no more
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Old 10-07-2016, 06:13 AM   #3
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4. Some other answer?
Sorry, I thought it over and leaving in 30 days is best for me.

Need no more explanation than that.

And congratulations on the next stage of your life!
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I Also Gave my 30 Day Notice This Week!
Old 10-07-2016, 06:59 AM   #4
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I Also Gave my 30 Day Notice This Week!

Congrats Scuba! Coincidentally, I also gave my 30 day notice this week (Tuesday). Last day for me will be Friday 11/4 after almost 35 years with the same organization. DW retired from her teaching career this past May.

My situation in separating from w*rk may have been a bit different than some. I've had the good fortune of being part of a great leadership team - several of us have w*rked together for over 30 years! My boss has known for some time now that I'd be parting company the last quarter of 2016. Same with our VEEP who met me for an exit interview the very next day.

I'm leaving a great team and some truly awesome people. It's bittersweet for me, however, DW & I have all kinds of adventures we've been planning, looking forward to and are anxious to get after. We also share a passion for SCUBA diving and have done a good number of liveaboards off the Cali coast with the likes of Truth Aquatics and the old Encore out of Long Beach.

Again, congrats to you!
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Old 10-07-2016, 07:05 AM   #5
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Congratulations !!!! Just tell them, the time is now to Live Life, you just never know when it might end ...... No Thanks and stick to you decision..... No explanation needed
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Old 10-07-2016, 07:56 AM   #6
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Sorry, I thought it over and leaving in 30 days is best for me.

Need no more explanation than that.

And congratulations on the next stage of your life!
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Old 10-07-2016, 07:59 AM   #7
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Sorry, I thought it over and leaving in 30 days is best for me.

Need no more explanation than that.

And congratulations on the next stage of your life!
+1 stay classy. No need to create ill will
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Old 10-07-2016, 08:21 AM   #8
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I didn't have to give a reason when I left, but for me, the reason for ER is because it is a lot easier to extend your retirement on the front side than on the back side.
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Old 10-07-2016, 08:30 AM   #9
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I didn't have to give a reason when I left, but for me, the reason for ER is because it is a lot easier to extend your retirement on the front side than on the back side.
+1

When DW met with the principal at school to inform him of her retirement, his response was, "You're too young to retire!" DW's reply, "and that's exactly why I'm retiring now!"
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Old 10-07-2016, 08:45 AM   #10
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blame the wife; that always works for me
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Old 10-07-2016, 08:55 AM   #11
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You don't have to make any excuses... and you don't owe them any more notice IMO unless there is some sort of tradition in your organization of giving more notice... so just tell him that you thought about it and decided to stick with your original plan.
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Old 10-07-2016, 09:15 AM   #12
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I simply told my boss how much my retirement income was for doing nothing. Subtract that amount from my working income and that is how much the job was paying me in real dollars; the difference between my retirement income and my working income. I told him I could retire, go to work any place else, even a minimum wage job, and bring in more money retired than I would be staying in my old job. Now THAT he could understand.

I contemplated just seeking an outrageous pay increase when I was initially being bribed to stay, then goof off, not show up on time, take off early, etc until they got the hint that I was retired whether they liked it or not.
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My entire discussion around giving notice is going to be something like "hey, my wife hasn't worked in seven years. Her first pension check is coming up, and she told me she's moving to Mexico whether I come or not. So no, I'm not staying longer..."
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Old 10-07-2016, 12:39 PM   #14
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Just ask your boss "if you could retire today and never have to worry about money again...would you?" nuff said
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Old 10-07-2016, 01:00 PM   #15
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"You're too young to retire!" DW's reply, "and that's exactly why I'm retiring now!"


I am SO going to steal this line when the day comes!
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Old 10-07-2016, 01:10 PM   #16
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+1 stay classy. No need to create ill will
Yes, stay classes +1. Do not burn any bridges; you never know what this world has in store.
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My entire discussion around giving notice is going to be something like "hey, my wife hasn't worked in seven years. Her first pension check is coming up, and she told me she's moving to Mexico whether I come or not. So no, I'm not staying longer..."
Reminds me of the reason a military basic training student gave his instructor when requesting a weekend pass. "My wife is planning on getting pregnant and I'd like to be there."
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Old 10-07-2016, 05:03 PM   #18
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I say be gracious - you should never burn any bridges because you never know what will happen.

So I would go with:

"I've really enjoyed my time here, but at this stage in my life I need to give my priority to my family. However, I'd very much like to stay in touch and would appreciate if you would keep the door open for me".
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Old 10-08-2016, 01:02 AM   #19
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Thanks to all. I will stay classy and be brief. Limited explanation leaves little room for argument. Can't wait till November 4! :dance


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I say be gracious - you should never burn any bridges because you never know what will happen.

So I would go with:

"I've really enjoyed my time here, but at this stage in my life I need to give my priority to my family. However, I'd very much like to stay in touch and would appreciate if you would keep the door open for me".
+1. You don't have to explain or justify your decision. I'd be brief, grateful and gracious. And work with them on the transition within reason.
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