Yet Another Example Of Why You Don’t Want To Be Loyal In A Job

These posts where I lay out reasons to not have a job have started to become a mini-series on their own.

In the hazy phase of being asleep and waking up, I realized that those companies from which I was fired or laid from, only 1 of them gave me advanced notice of it.

There was no “sorry” or excuse, no shame in not giving me a “heads up”, or even the decency of letting me stay for 2 weeks while I get my personal and financial life in order. Did they care to help me out when the situation changed and benefited them? No.

When the situation is flipped and you are the one that is benefiting from leaving the company and going to a new career, employers almost demand that you give them a 2 or 3 week notice while they get their “life” in order and hunt down a replacement and adjust to the change.

Have you ever gave a job notice that you were leaving?

How did they act? What did they say?

If you are like most people in this situation, they demand ask that you continue to work for the next 2-3 week while they adjust to the change and find a replacement in order to help them out. If you were to say no and leave the instant you give notice, they feel cheated and get angry. You are lead to believe that you “burnt a bridge” and made an enemy by not helping them out while you were on the way out.

I’ve even had a time where I did give a 3 week notice and the President of the company treat me like shit the last 3 weeks I was employed there; telling me I had “no tact” for leaving and that I was “unreliable” for leaving.


Think about this and ask yourself why this is fair…

  • Why do you have to give your company 2 weeks advanced notice while they can fire or lay you off without any notice at all
  • Why are you felt to be a horrible person if you don’t give them notice, but they go about their business like normal if they do it to you
  • In order to get your last paycheck, you have to make arrangements to return your parking pass, laptop, and other supplies.. but you are not allowed to go back to your desk to collect your personal belongings when you are getting fired and most times you never get 100% of your stuff back. If that happened to your employer, you wouldn’t be getting all of your last paycheck.
  • You depend on your company for a paycheck and it is probably the only paycheck you get and you also probably live paycheck to paycheck. You getting fired or laid off with no notice is almost a death sentence to you, the employee. You are the one that needs and deserves a notice more than the company, who employees several ( hundred, thousand ) people and has several clients and revenue streams and will find a way to pay someone else to replace you ( an agency, a temp. worker, promoting or demoting someone in other department to fill your role ). If anyone needs a notice, it is the employee.
  • Why you are expected to be a loyal cog in their system and work with them, but they don’t have to be loyal to you and drop you at the hint of any reason what-so-ever ( within “at will” employment states ).


You might want to give a notice on your way out. I get it.

Maybe you like your boss or you just want to feel like you did the right thing. Maybe you are scared that by burning a bridge, you might need them on the “way back down” the ladder of success.

Let me remind you though…  If your company fires you or lays you off, they don’t “like” you even though you might “like” your boss. They feel they are doing the “right thing” getting rid of you with no notice. They do not care about burning a bridge with you and they are not going to be looking for you on their way down the success ladder for help anyways later on.

Don’t be the one trying to be loyal and doing the right thing when your employer has no intentions of doing the same for you.

Make choices that benefit you personal and your family and act on them immediately without worry of what your employer thinks.

Hi! I'm Jason Brown and I’m a 36 year old digital marketing intrapreneur living in beautiful Louisville, Kentucky. I've been involved with the Internet since 1996 and have personally made millions online with my creative marketing tactics and persistence. I blog about marketing, money, and motivation. Thanks for stopping by!

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