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To Make [or Not to Make] The Most of It?

by Samira Asemanfar

February 22, 2012 | 12:15 am

If an employee gives me their resignation and says they will stay for another two weeks, I usually do not want them even working in my company any more.

Often, if I know someone is leaving, I also feel that they are probably not putting in the kind of effort at work that they should be during their last two weeks. I want them out of there pronto! But sometimes, if I have the smallest amount of respect or value for the person, I want to make the most of their last two weeks. I want them to stay every minute and do the kind of work I have appreciated for the duration of their time with me. I may even want them to train their own replacement.

So the question is: when do you want to make the most of it and when do you just want the person out? A new rule of thumb should be… when you are evaluating your operation and your staff’s performance, imagine they were to give you their two weeks notice, would you have them stay the two weeks or would you tell them no thank you and show them the door? If your answer is the latter… then maybe you should consider replacing them now. Why wait?

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95% of the time that employee gets a check ASAP and gets to enjoy their two weeks “off.” In my experience there are very very few effective lame-duck employees and the good ones will often give you more than two weeks…

Comment by Aaron Hageman on 2/22/12 at 7:48 am




After graduating from the Marshall School of Business at USC in 2004, Samira Asemanfar of Los Angeles California joined KPMG, LLP as an internal auditor and SOX compliance...

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