Two Weeks Notice

Two Weeks Notice

The two weeks notice norm of exiting jobs is a relic from the command-and-control era of leadership. It’s clearly time to replace this broken paradigm with something better.

In 2014, Acceleration Partners set out to create better outcomes and options for employees who decide to leave the company. The result: AP’s Career Engagement Program, an open transitions program which removes the taboo of employee departures and preserves the employee/employer relationship even beyond the exit.

The Career Engagement Program fosters an environment of open communication and builds an active alumni community. Employees feel safe and comfortable sharing their plans for the future — even if those plans involve leaving AP. It’s intended to be a clear, thoughtful and respectful approach to handling employee departures. We even put our money where our mouth is, offering bonuses to employees who give more than two weeks notice.

If you lead a team or organization, acknowledging that your company might not be the best fit for everyone long-term allows you to completely change your dialogue with your team members. When employees know they can openly and honestly discuss their career goals — and even their professional unhappiness — everyone is empowered to amicably discuss the next steps toward mutually positive outcomes. Sometimes, a person’s role or trajectory can be changed to suit their vision for their career. In other cases, it cannot — and that is ok as well.

At AP, we have found that when a company culture is based on authenticity, trust and quality communication, employees are healthier, happier and more receptive to making the two weeks notice a relic of the past. You can learn more about the CEP (formerly Mindful Transition) program below. Robert is also available to speak to your organization or event about the value of an open transition program, and how to create one.


Here are keynotes Robert has delivered on a better way to handle employee departures

Robert’s at TEDx Kenmore Square 2019: It's Time To End Two Weeks Notice
TINYcon 2017
Tugboat 2017

Articles & Press Coverage

Read more about an open transitions program and how it can help your organization.

The “Two Weeks’ Notice” Approach to Changing Jobs Is Bad for Companies and Employees
April 05, 2019
Harvard Business Review
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There’s a much-touted refrain that employees leave managers, not companies. While that sentiment certainly holds truth, today’s reality is that job-hopping, even career-hopping, has become the norm for a younger generation of workers...
As Your Company Evolves, What Happens to Employees Who Don’t?
4 Reasons You Should Help Employees Leave Your Company Gracefully
A Personal Perspective of AP’s Mindful Transition Program
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