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Old 05-27-2013, 08:15 PM   #81
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All these posts about "being walked out" are interesting, and remind me of when I left my last company (the one before where I am now).

Although my boss and I got along fine, I knew that MegaCorp's HR was walking people out the door if they knew you were going to a competitor. They would still honor the two week notice, and in California, they also have to pay out unused vacation time.

I gave two weeks notice, fully expecting to be walked out and have a "free" two weeks vacation. However, my boss asked me to finish up a few last details, and he held off telling HR. A few days go by, and I'm getting antsy, as I really want to go. So I tell him it's time to tell HR, they need to know, so he walks down to tell them.

When he comes back, he tells me to head down there, they want to talk to me.

HR asked me a series of questions, one of which was where I was going. I have never told an employer where I'm going, and never will. It's none of their business. I just told them it was a similar company in the same area, and could be considered a competitor. That was all they needed to hear. Took my badge, signed some paperwork, and out the door I went.

I didn't even have to pack up personal belongings, as I never keep personal stuff in my cube. Never. No pictures, knick knacks, nothing. I got in that habit after seeing way too many people let go at a place I used to work at in the mid 90's, who would be tapped on the shoulder and then when they got back to their desk, watcher over by a security guard as they packed up their stuff in a little box and escorted out the door. Not me - nothing to pack up. Sign papers, hand in my badge, and I'm out the door.

Never could understand people who filled their cube with "stuff". Pictures, plants, knick knacks, kids' drawings, posters, toys (yes, toys), stuffed animals, etc. Different strokes I guess...
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Old 05-27-2013, 09:07 PM   #82
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I didn't even have to pack up personal belongings, as I never keep personal stuff in my cube. Never. No pictures, knick knacks, nothing. I got in that habit after seeing way too many people let go at a place I used to work at in the mid 90's, who would be tapped on the shoulder and then when they got back to their desk, watcher over by a security guard as they packed up their stuff in a little box and escorted out the door. Not me - nothing to pack up. Sign papers, hand in my badge, and I'm out the door.
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After reading these posts, I can't believe what hostile atmospheres some of you folks work in.
You are very fortunate to have not been treated in this way. Maybe in some cases, the public sector is a little kinder and gentler than the private sector.
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Old 05-28-2013, 12:49 AM   #83
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Interesting thread.

I am retiring in October and have given my employer a 5-month notice. Management has taken it well and is keeping me around to help out with the transition and short one-of projects, but I've told them that I would be more than willing to be "let go" if they don't want to keep me around until then. In the meantime, work has become a real pleasure as there's zero pressure to "perform" and to deal with office politics.

As far as being "walked out," I was laid off once many years ago, and had the very unpleasant experience of doing the "perp walk." I learned my lesson from that, and ever since then, have followed a 5-second rule---I don't keep anything in my office that I cannot grab and go in 5 seconds. That means no family pictures, no personal belongings, no personal files in laptop, etc. I just have my keys and wallet, and if/when they come to get me, I just get those and go. IMO, the most humiliating thing for a laid off employee is to have to pack up all his/her stuff in plain sight of everyone else with HR/security watching over him/her like a thief.

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Old 05-28-2013, 11:35 AM   #84
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My mom just gave a 1 week notice. After 20 years they still would have only given her a day notice if they were to fire her, so she felt no obligation. I guess it depends on your relationship with your employers.
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