Here is the situation I am in. I have recently handed my notice in and I have a 3 month long notice period to serve (I know, it's an insanely long period).
During my exit interview I was asked by HR if I am feel happy to complete the notice period, to which I responded yes, as I was scared that I might be breaking my contract if I said otherwise. In reality, I would like to go my own way as soon as possible.
I am now at a point where there isn't that much work for me to do and there are still 2.5 months left; I have spoken to my manager and he is aware of this. Upper management has outlined a loose plan for what sort of work I would be helping out with in the coming months. I will admit, I did not like the type of work that was mentioned and I also don't think my skillset is suitable for it. (If it matters I am in the software industry, in the UK)
Is it normal to ask my company to reduce my notice period? To summarise:
- the lack of work is making me feel unproductive and is a waste of time for both parties
- the company doesn't seem to be putting much effort to act on this which makes me feel that I won't be putting them into a difficult position if I ask to do this
- I don't feel comfortable with the work I have been tasked with
Also, do I approach HR directly about this or should I speak to my manager first?