I was invited into conversations about the future of an organization I believe in and then offered a great job. It happens to be one I’ve been working hard to attain but wasn’t currently seeking. The new job is an excellent fit for many reasons. I’m going to really enjoy my new boss (probably more than my current one), our mission is even more meaningful to me and it’s a fantastic salary with maximum vacation time.
I love my current job, the mission, and my boss. The salary is near poverty but this is balanced with enormous flexibility in our schedules and lots of PTO. Part of my job is executing a high profile, community event that occurs in 7 weeks - 6 once I give my them my resignation. All of the event’s to-do boxes have been checked but my strong, organized leadership will be missed and my much-appreciated boss is going to be devastated.
My current office culture is unhealthy with some staff regularly engaging in unnecessary and unprofessional office drama that I work to avoid. I’m ready to put this aspect of the job behind me immediately. Moving into my new job will allow me to pay for my children’s education, my spouse can retire early and the executive certification I recently earned (of which I spent a lot of time, money and travel to achieve) will be realized - and worth all of my effort and hard work.
I do believe some people in my current organization will support a two week exit. I’ll leave detailed instructions on exactly how to finalize everything and execute the event itself. Others in the organization; some staff, supporters, volunteers might be angry and or disappointed.
I have long been a known leader in the community and of course I don’t want to let people down. I want to take the most ethical path.
I have also personally sacrificed my own financial gain for well over a decade in an effort to build up our community. But I want to be financially compensated for my work, years of experience, education, training and talent - today. My family deserves that from me too.
Do I give notice and stay until after the event? I’ve thought about staying and asking them to pay me at the same high rate as my future job for the final month of my employment. (They definitely have an abundance of funds but it’s clearly outside of their current pay structure. I believe the pay rate would put me over my current boss’ pay.)
Would staying 6 more weeks ensure I preserve my reputation in the community?
Is making my new employer wait a month and a half unethical?
Or do I leave with two weeks notice and a clear conscience that I did good work, left them well organized and positioned for success - realizing my new employer needs me too.