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Jul 06
2016

Giving notice

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How you give notice when you end a business relationship as an employee or a supplier is an important step in maintaining your integrity. We need to honor the time and method of giving notice.

If during a job interview a prospective employee tells me that their former employer requires a two-week notice but they can start on Monday because they don’t feel they have to provide that notice, that’s a red flag for me.  I take it as a good reason not to hire this person because they have demonstrated to me they are not a person of integrity. When I extend a job offer to someone, I always stress that I fully support giving appropriate notice. If the employer wishes to release the person immediately, that’s great.  However, it is always the employer’s choice and not the employee’s.

 

John wrote, “But whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him.” (1 John 2:5, ESV) King David wrote about anyone “who despises a vile person but honors those who fear the Lord; who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind” (Psalm 15:4, NIV)

In the past we employed a house cleaning person. One day, “Candy” was upset because “Becky,” another employee, quit without giving notice. It left her in a tough spot to meet the commitments she’d made. The very next week when Candy was scheduled to arrive to clean our house, she sent us a text message saying that she didn’t feel we were a good fit and would not be cleaning for us starting that day. While I believe that in a free market we have the right to dismiss customers, we need to do it with appropriate notice. I also believe that an employee should give the same adequate notice. In this instance the housecleaner believed they were asked to do too much for the time allotment and pay. The wiser response would’ve been to request extra time to accomplish the work that two used to complete. As the employer, I could have responded to whether the additional cost was acceptable.  

I believe giving notice also includes providing a heads up if we’re going to be late to a meeting or commitment. Others rely on us to deliver what we have promised. Any time we fall short we need to acknowledge it and provide as much notice to our customers as possible.

Giving notice is not just the right thing to do. As Christians, we are bound to give whatever notice we previously agreed to give.  Doing anything different will ruin our witness to those who do not yet believe.

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