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How can I safely terminate my contract before its end date?

Anything serious enough to get you immediately fired is serious enough to jeopardize your future career. Don't do it. Hand in your notice and either negotiate with your employer to leave before 4 ...
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How do I tell my boss that I'm quitting soon, especially given that a colleague just left this week

Your employment is not dependent on others' employment (or resignation). Period. If you chose to leave, you are free to, provided you fulfill the requirements as mentioned in the contract regarding ...
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During notice period, my manager wants me to document everything and bring juniors to my level

This is exactly what a notice period is for -- to transfer as much of your knowledge about the work as possible to other people so the company doesn't lose it. They aren't "taking from you" anything ...
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Extracting work from people who are on PIPs but who we also cannot fire?

There is no way to “turn around” these devs. Short of some come-to-Jesus experience where they decide to work hard for no good reason, they are doing the reasonable thing for the position they are in....
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What are the ethical concerns of giving a notice period to an incompetent employee when it’s not required by contract?

I think you are misunderstanding the question from your boss, and over thinking the situation. Your boss isn't asking how long you want as notice for the person, she actually wants to know what the ...
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Is it appropriate to walk out after giving notice before my two weeks are up?

It would be unprofessional to leave and just not come back without any warning or reason or anything. What would not be unprofessional is to go to your boss and say something like: "I feel like ...
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Potential new employer wants to contact my current employer as part of intrusive background checks

I would not resign until I have a signed offer in hand. Tell the recruiter to inform your new employer of your intended start date, and forbid them to call your current employer. There is no ...
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During notice period, my manager wants me to document everything and bring juniors to my level

The best and most professional thing I have found to do is create a handover document. This would include step by step procedures on any tasks only you are familiar with (complete with screenshots if ...
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How do I motivate usage of Git for the next maintainer?

In a situation like yours, a good starting point is to present the current use of Git as the rule. Add simple instructions like Where do I get the current code? Check out the Git repository XYZ. ...
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Should I hand in my notice at my current employer without a contract from my new employer? (UK)

If I don't hand in my notice now this will mess up the agreed upon start date. Is it really such a bad idea to hand in notice without a contract or should I wait? Yes it is a bad idea to hand in ...
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I've been offered a job, but my new employer won't give me a contract until after I give my notice

Red flag. In fact, multiple red flags. Don't give notice without the signed contract in hand. You only have this mans word that you have a position to go to. Red flag. In this day and age, that is ...
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Extracting work from people who are on PIPs but who we also cannot fire?

You want favours from those you tried to get rid of but couldn't. You openly admit that these people would be out the door but for company hiring rules. You know it. They know it. Everyone knows that ...
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I've been fired, was allowed to announce it as if I quit and given extra notice, how to handle the questions?

This is a very graceful exit This isn't being Fired. A lot of people use "fired" as casual slang for any layoff, but that's wrong and don't go around saying that. Fired is you do something bad, like ...
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Putting in 2 weeks notice, but if I leave there is no replacement; how to address this?

You do not get offered health insurance, you are no longer getting your full 40hr per week as promised when you first started, and you have yet to get one raise in 4 years. No need to feel guilty. ...
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Is it appropriate to walk out after giving notice before my two weeks are up?

My question is would it be inappropriate to leave at the end of the day? Yes it would be inappropriate. You gave two weeks notice, so either tolerate the cold shoulder and work out the two weeks, or ...
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I've accepted a new job and handed in my notice. My employer wants me to work a longer notice, what should I do?

I've never been in a situation like this, but I would stick to the required notice period (ie: one month) and move on. You even went above and beyond (IMHO) by asking the new employer if you could ...
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Extracting work from people who are on PIPs but who we also cannot fire?

Instead of defending your teammates, who act reasonably, like the other posts, I will give you advice. This is the part of your post we need: Extracting work from people who are on PIPs but who we ...
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Giving different notice periods to your current employer and new employer

It was rather silly to lie and it was completely unnecessary. Instead, you should have just told your new employer when you would like to start and avoided any lies. Taking just a few weeks off in ...
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How do I tell my boss that I'm quitting soon, especially given that a colleague just left this week

While others are addressing the right point that it is not your problem, I think your original question is not addressed: How do I tell him that I plan to leave although my co-worker left recently? ...
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Employer wants to increase my notice period - however I feel I am underpaid for this to happen

Be clear about your goals before you negotiate Every successful negotiation starts with defining what "success" means. What is the desired outcome, what are the minimum outcomes you are ...
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Underpaying employer trying to get me to extend notice period; should I just give excessive notice in hopes they'll pay severance?

I'm legally obligated to provide 3 weeks of severance. Then it seems to me that the answer is clear: give your 3 week notice, serve it, get paid and leave, take good use of that time to recover from ...
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How to cushion blow of joining an avalanche of resignations?

The blow will be bad, no matter what you do, but there are some things you can do to minimise it: Do it sooner rather than later Management is working hard on a plan for the future. Right now, that ...
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Resigned from organisation. Don't want to work during the notice period. Is this ethical?

No It's not ethical. You were acting of your own free will when you signed the contract that now makes you stay another month. It's not a hardship or their doing. You did that. In addition, you still ...
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Should I still give two weeks' notice if I know my company won't honor a notice period?

Should I still give two weeks' notice if I know my company won't honor a notice period? In the US, the typical protocol is for the employee to give at least two weeks' notice, and for the employer ...
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How do I get colleagues to stop piling work on me in my last month of work?

My question is: how can I get everyone else to pull their weight, instead of dumping their work on me? You can't, but that doesn't mean that you have to do all of their work for them. Continue to do ...
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Should I tell the interviewee I'll be leaving the company?

I agree with the other answers saying you shouldn't mention it because the candidate will then start asking you about why you are leaving. Instead, you can get the same message across by saying the ...
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Two Weeks Notice During Holiday Vacation

Another option, and the one I'd recommend: Tell your new employer that you will not be able to start less than two work weeks after you have received, and accepted, their formal offer, and give notice ...
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How to benefit from being able to save my company from a disaster while being laid off cruelly

This is not a decision you want to spend a long time contemplating: the longer you take to act the more suspicious it will look when you eventually come forward. I really see three options: 1. ...
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New offer on hold during notice period

Talk to your boss immediately and begin job searching now You have just learned a very important, and unflattering fact about your new company. Namely, they don't want to hire you right now. I know ...
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