Two Weeks Notice in Hell

I'll pick up with the screenwriting saga soon but let's discuss the two week notice policy when leaving a job. I get it. In the past it was meant to give the company time to find a replacement or for the current employee to train someone else in the office on the basics and finish up projects. It made sense. Then the toxic workplace happened all too regularly.

Now, a two week notice is used for pettiness, more toxicity, abuse, and anything else a bitter employer can think of. This is why so many no longer give notice. They are leaving an abusive situation. Do we tell those is abusive relationships to give their partner two weeks notice they are leaving? No. There's a reason for that.


Case in point, recently a co-worker and I handed in our two weeks notice at almost the same time (not planned but we are enjoying their panic). We work in two different offices for the same company. Me? They've left me mostly alone, probably because my direct supervisor is a bit afraid of the fact I know the HR rules and laws and have reminded him of such often.

Her? They've been petty, vindictive, refusing to do their work so she has to do everything and took away her pre-approved personal days off that she had put in for long before she knew she was leaving. All because they're mad they're actually going to have to work now instead of golfing on work time or day-drinking disguised as 'business meetings'. Both of us have supervisors complaining they don't know how to do our various jobs even though both of us have showed them for months! My supervisor had the audacity the other day to say he didn't realized how involved one aspect of my job was (social media accounts) after acting like I was just playing around online all day. Popcorn is stocked up at home as I watch this place burn.

And these are just two of the many horror stories of doing the traditional thing of putting in notice, of trying not the be the a-hole who leaves a company stuck, of trying to be respectful and courteous only to be treated horribly. There are stories all over the internet and, honestly, these stories are why we all highly respect those who up and quit immediately in style. I did that at my last job. I dropped the keys and walked out an hour into my shift because the manager there was so toxic.

She'd yell and everyone, would watch us from home or in her office on the security cameras (she wasn't security), they had forced her to take anger management training and yet, she still kept her job. It was scary to walk out but at the same time it was a wonderful feeling and a great relief. They say 'don't burn bridges'. I say, light those bridges on fire and pull out the marshmallows. No one deserves to be treated badly.