Episode #125 of the Stack Overflow podcast is here. We talk Tilde Club and mechanical keyboards. Listen now
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Work your contractually obligated two hours and leave. You aren’t a slave.


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It seems to me that your boss believes the reasons you are leaving are entirely about you: your loss, your grief, your health. Your boss hopes that in a few months, these reasons will change leaving you back where you were before the loss: liking your job and happy to do it. If you have information that your boss doesn't (actually I was getting pretty fed ...


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No. You gain nothing by signing and potentially limit your employment options by agreeing to the non-compete. By rights, if they were acting legitimately they would have had you sign one as part of your initial employment conditions before you even started the job. This is retrospective CYA nonsense and you should treat it as such. If they really want you ...


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No, you should not. A bonus is for past work. You've done that work, and you've earned the bonus. And think of it this way, would you have felt guilty if you left six months after getting a bonus? Three months? A month? Two weeks? A week? Would there ever be a day you felt guilty if you resigned that day, but not if you resigned the day after?


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It's only been 2 weeks... I'd argue that you don't have to mention this job at all. When asked why you're job searching you can explain why you left your previous position. If for any reason you can't omit a job from your work history no matter how short (locale, the type of job you're applying for, etc.), you can be honest without going into details: I'm ...


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Create the documentation you would otherwise make for this sysadmin and leave it at that. If this coworker is deliberately sabotaging the knowledge transfer then let him (and the company who employed him in a senior position) pay the price. It isn't your problem anymore. Do what you agreed to do and prepare the KT docs. Don't do any more than what you are ...


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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 the exit process. If the organization has a backup plan, they will work according to that. If they don't have one: not your problem. If they feel they cannot ...


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Ask yourself one simple question: How will this benefit my career? I'll answer it for you. It won't. Keep your mouth shut. Anything you say will make it back to your boss and you don't know how many friends he has in the industry, and anything you say will travel outside of your company, and could follow you. Right now, you are 100% in the right, he is ...


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Frankly, what they say is their problem and not yours. And it's their problem in the real world. Your boss is just being stupid. In the EU, if notice is given up to day X then the company has to pay you up to day X, and that's that. No discussions at all. You can tell them that what they want you to do is absolute nonsense, that you are not taking unpaid ...


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Did she basically tell me to look for another company? If this is your main and only question, I will just answer that instead of telling you what you should do. It is impossible to tell with complete confidence what she meant when she told you what she told you. However, I would interpret more as: "Stop complaining, focus on your work by looking at ...


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A business would not hesitate to terminate you if it was important for the business success. You should not hesitate to terminate the business if it's important for your success. The company is not family.


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You actually ARE in a position to change this. You lead by example. You can start using version control locally for your changes. You can simply 'commit' everyone else change at the same time. You will always be able to recover previous versions and compare things to prior versions. You can also offer to do this for the company. Setting up version ...


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I'd go in with something valuable you can do over that month so it's not you playing minesweeper at your desk. If you've been there long enough you should know some things that need to get done but never do, which should take a few weeks to complete. Basically you want to go with the attitude of: Hey look, legally you need to keep me around, so here's ...


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Go online and change all the passwords now for your personal accounts. Obviously the OP no longer has access to the work machine, so this means either using a machine at home or even going to an internet cafe or equivalent to log in to all accounts as necessary and change passwords. Work associated accounts like work email they will be able to, and have ...


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Would you want a co-worker to alert management if they suspected you were leaving? The problem here is that you could really damage someone's career by precipitating his termination before he finds another job. Sadly, the job market is extremely harsh and "red-flags" any candidate who happens to be unemployed. It's just work, let it go, what's the worst ...


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We tend to love our jobs more than our jobs love us. You should not feel bad at all about going in and working just two hours. If you have been mistreated at that job, it will be just deserts when you leave, or stop working (and use your time to socialize on your last day). When I was in the Army, there was an NCO who tended to pile-on to short-timers, ...


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What is in your contract? If there is no written contract, no problem. You just say thank you but no, thank you, that's not the deal we had, and walk away. Stress the part about meetings and completion date changes certainly not being what you agreed to. You have no obligation to respect deal you didn't make. If the contract you signed does not say a thing ...


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If it is your personal property then you have every right to ask him to return it. Ask now to give him time to sort his own replacement or you might consider selling it to him.


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While turning around in an exit interview and saying you're leaving because your new manager is an arse may seem like a good idea (been there, done that), it doesn't achieve anything when said directly. The question why are you leaving is for them to get feedback on why employees leave, not for you to justify why you're leaving. You could turn around and ...


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Your corporate email account doesn't belong to you, it's not confidential to you - it belongs to the business. You need to allow access to that mailbox after you leave so that the business can look to see if there's any emails that are valuable or have information that isn't anywhere else. Normally, a forwarding system will be enabled so that any future ...


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How to gracefully leave a company you helped start? Speak with the other partners in an open and honest manner. Explain as you have here, and provide a reasonable notice -- say 30 days in this case before departing. This is plenty of time to hire up, knowledge transfer, etc. Also, if you desire, offer up a per hour consultant role, where you could be ...


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Should I take the risk that my workplace might actually try to fix the problems if they know they’re going to lose me? Definitely not. They're not going to magically change their attitudes as soon as you threaten to leave. If they were serious about fixing problems then they would have done so already. If you threaten to leave now, then the realistic best ...


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Not only is it impolite, it might actually be cause for being fired on the spot. Even if you are leaving and on your notice period, you are still a contracted employee and you are still required to do the tasks asked of you. Nothing changes in that regard until you actually leave. Whether or not you work on your existing tasks, handover, or new things ...


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my manager was made to undergo anger management training I don't know about your situation, but Alcoholics Anonymous have Step 8 & 9 in their program: Step 8: Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all. Step 9: Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure ...


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Specifically Gmail you can log out remotely: https://support.google.com/mail/answer/8154 Sign out from another computer If you forgot to sign out of your email on another computer, you can remotely sign out of Gmail. Open Gmail. In the bottom right corner, click Details and then Sign out all other web sessions. Tip: If you’re using a public or ...


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Have you considered that he is getting all these goodies as a way to try to convince him to stay? From people who know very well he intends to leave? Sharing information you were told in confidence is never going to look good on you. If your own HR department knows of his plans and has not told any of the people who make decisions, then your company is very ...


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Your best bet isn't to put a limit on how many times they can call you, it's to simply say that you are now unable to take calls during the day while you're at work. Invite them to email you if they have problems, and you may take a look when you get home, in your personal time. Say that you're unable to answer queries while you're at your new job. Dropping ...


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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. And as DarkCygnus (and everyone else) will tell you, sign a new contract before you give notice.


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None of what you've stated is empirical evidence that Bob is planning on leaving. Additionally, none of this is your business. Should you inform the future PO that Bob may be leaving soon? No.


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Should I let management know that I consider leaving the company due to these practices? Never say directly that you are thinking of leaving - as soon as management know that you're not committed to the company, that always puts you at risk of being out of a job without a new one to go to. Or at least let them know that I am growing quite frustrated? ...


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