Speaking Point: Giving your two weeks’ notice can be a stressful experience in itself.
But once you have, what are you supposed to do for the two weeks until you leave?
Here are some do's and don'ts to make the time go smoothly.
Speaking Point: 1. Follow the lead of your boss and get a clear plan based on their expectations of you. They may want you to be productive and continue doing what your job duties are, train your replacement, or sit back and wait out the time.
Speaking Point: 2. Do everything they ask with a smile. You are leaving and can become a real disruption if you spend your time with an attitude.
Speaking Point: 3. Don't talk about your new job or opportunity. Being so excited about your new opportunity or leaving their company is the biggest distraction you can create for your employer. Your coworkers have a job to do and are still invested in their company's mission, even if you are not.
Speaking Point: 4. Don't be a lame duck. You are no help to anyone by just sitting around and waiting to leave. Even if you are asked to wait out your time, remain a team player until you leave. Your attitude is everything here!
Speaking Point: 5. Do a little each day to wrap up your business, take home your belongings, and clean out your work space.
Speaking Point: 6. Represent yourself with dignity, honor, and humility. Just because you are no longer going to be working for these folks anymore, doesn't mean that you won't cross paths again. Try to never burn a bridge!
Speaking Point: Two weeks, once you give your notice, can feel like a long time for you. The key is to not make it feel like a long time for your coworkers and your employer. Always leave on good terms, if you can.