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Joan Lloyd's HR Words of Advice: So Long

Posted by Lloyd, Joan at Saturday, 10/08/2005 3:42 pm
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Dear Joan:

I just gave my two weeks notice to my employer, resigning my position as a sales representative. Since then, my job duties have changed from outside sales and being in the field, to duties of endless piles of copying and filing. I am wondering if there is any type of law or anything that prohibits such practices. I gave my two weeks notice in person and in writing. Shouldn´t I have the same duties for the final two weeks? Any information would greatly put my mind at ease for these final two weeks.


There is nothing illegal about what your employer is asking you to do. Look at it from your employer´s perspective. They don´t want you out with their prospective customers talking about how you will be leaving the company in a few weeks. Naturally, potential customers wonder what is wrong with the company, since you aren´t happy enough to stay. In addition, they will be reluctant to sign up with you, only to get someone they may not like a few weeks later, to service what they bought.

"But I wouldn´t say I was leaving, or badmouth the company," you say. Nevertheless, a sales rep who has announced he is leaving, is not a committed sales person, with loyalty to the company or the product. Most companies know it´s better to move someone new in quickly. If I were them, I´d do exactly the same thing, so don´t take it personally. Count your blessings...when you announced your resignation, they didn´t walk you out the door.

Joan Lloyd is an executive coaching, management consultant, trainer & professional speaker.  Reach her at Joan Lloyd & Associates, (800) 348-1944, or © Joan Lloyd & Associates, Inc.

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