First, There Was Ghosting. Now Employees Are Doing This

Two weeks' notice may now be a thing of the past.
By: | December 19, 2018 • 2 min read

The once-revered two weeks’ resignation notice may be going by the wayside. Among other trends like ghosting, workers now feel much less inclined to provide notice before accepting a new job. What’s more, according to Austin Kaplan, an employment lawyer in Texas, providing two weeks’ notice isn’t legally required.

“Once you’ve left the company, there is no benefit to the employer for talking smack about your performance,” Kaplan told the Washington Post. “It’s an urban myth that you have to give two weeks’ notice and that if you don’t, you’ll get in trouble.”


He said that employers run the risk of defamation lawsuits if they speak negatively about former employees during reference checks. Instead, what’s more common, is providing neutral reviews wherein the employer only verifies the employee’s salary, title and time of employment.

This reduced notice trend is being driven, in part, by the near record-low unemployment rate—there are more jobs available than people to fill them. In the past year, David Lewis, chief executive of OperationsInc, a national human resources consulting firm, told the Post that he’s seen a 20-percent increase in employees giving notice, but leaving much sooner than two weeks later.

“It’s absolutely being directly impacted by the unemployment level, the lack of available talent and the number of positions companies are trying to fill,” Lewis said.