Why, you ask?

Written by Scott

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I’ve had quite a few variations of that question since yesterday. I suppose that is to be expected.

But for now, there’s no compelling reason to go into it. Simply put, I was under a fully at-will contract, and I chose to terminate it. Hard feelings? On my part, no. Disappointment, yes…but that’s another subject.

So what would be a compelling reason? The only thing I can really pinpoint would be if I begin to receive feedback that people are being told incorrect information about me leaving, impugning me, then I would have to reconsider. Essentially, it is just that I expect it would be handled professionally…(and I don’t expect that that wouldn’t be the case).

And speaking of that…I’m sure some are wondering about the professionalism of me leaving without giving notice. I was a little torn up about that myself. But my employment contract did not require, and is the most at-will I’d seen: “[y]ou may terminate your employment with [company] at any time and for any reason whatsoever simply by notifying [company]. Likewise…” the reverse is true. Further, I’m sure we’ve all heard stories about treatment after giving notice, especially in a situation where a person plays a crucial role. Didn’t feel the need to go through that, regardless of how I’d been treated in the past. And as it turns out, there is a growing number that believe giving notice when not contractually obligated to is a bad idea, (link to one such article) in part based on the risks involved, and in part because at-will employment is a tool used by business against employees far too long–meaning that a person can get fired with or without cause and escorted out immediately, but there’s an assumption that an employee has an obligation to not do the same.