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1. Posted by s_hoot (Respected Member 497 posts) 9y

So how do you tell your boss you are quiting?

Here is the situation: I moved up here (Washington DC area) back in August. I work retail for an Old Navy story. I started out at one store and when my boss there got a promotion at another store, she practically took me with her and promoted me up to supervisor. She has taken real good care of me at our new store since we transfered in back in November. I got the promotion mostly cause I told her I would still be living here for at least a full year yet (which would be until the end of this year, dec/jan timeframe). But this week, I got another offer back at my old store in that I worked at Texas before moving up here, way across country, back home. I have already told the store manager I want the position and we are currently negotiating pay. I plan to tell my current boss Wednesday that I am putting in my two week notice. I still have to find someone to take over my lease here but am confident I can do it in two weeks, if not then I will just have to pay 4 months rent before I leave, thats another issue though. But how do I tell my current boss that I am leaving? Do I owe her anything? Should I feel bad for leaving her like this? Or should I be mainly concerned with my own wellfare? What are yalls thoughts?

2. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello S_hoot

No, u should not feel bad. But, before u hand in your notice, have a private chat with your boss, because she took such good care of you. Tell her what u plan to do and u apologise for inconveniencing her. But bosses are used to people leaving, so it should not be too big a deal, for her. My ex bosses also demanded that I promise to be there, for a long time. I always promised, whether it was true or not. Otherwise, I might not have got the job, or maybe I would not be offered certain opportunities, if I did not make that promise. They hear that sort of half truth, all the time, so dont worry. So long as u are not doing anything, against your contract, just do what is best, for u.;)

Mel

3. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 9y

I agree with Mel, your boss (or actualy everyone who hires people) will take into account that people will be leaving sooner or later. It's all part of the business.

I think if you explain your reasons, she will most likely say, that she's is sad to see you go, but won't hold it against you. (and if she does, well it's only for two weeks). Just tell her the truth, and you'll be fine.

P.S. what would you do if your current boss offers you are raise if you stay? or is that impossible. (I don't know your situation or your boss, but sometimes this happens, so might what to think about that).

4. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Honesty is the best policy! Just tell your boss the facts - the reasons for your move back to Texas and that you consider her more than just a boss and you are appreciative of all the help support and confidence that she has had in you and without her you wouldnt be in the position that your in now! Tell her as soon as possible so she can set the motions in place to replace you, and so you leave in good terms. Im assuming you will be working for the same company or are the Old Navy stores franchises? If they are the same company you are not REALLY leaving the position just moving on within the same group! Go out for a drink with her before you leave and she should hopefully respect you for your actions!

Good luck its not nice to have to let some one down but there is a right way & a wrong way to go about these things!

Let us know how you get on!

5. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

To paraphrase Homer Simpson:

Leave her a note saying:

Dear Baby,

Welcome to Dumpsville.

Population: You

6. Posted by s_hoot (Respected Member 497 posts) 9y

Quoting Herr Bert

P.S. what would you do if your current boss offers you are raise if you stay? or is that impossible. (I don't know your situation or your boss, but sometimes this happens, so might what to think about that).

Nah, a raise is not a possibility, I am already making way more than I am suppose too, thats a lot of the reason I feel bad for leaving, she did so much to get me a good pay. It would not really change my mind anyways though (I have already started to pack).

Quoting Purdy

Im assuming you will be working for the same company or are the Old Navy stores franchises? If they are the same company you are not REALLY leaving the position just moving on within the same group!

Yeah, Old Navy is part of GapInc. (Gap, Old Navy, Bannana Republic, Forth & Towne, and PiperLime) I am just transfering back into Gap (who I have also already worked for)

Thanks for yall's input, it helped a lot. Tomorrow is the big day then.

[ Edit: Fixed quote ]

7. Posted by s_hoot (Respected Member 497 posts) 9y

Well, I broke the news today.

My boss was well mad. She was on vacation so I had to tell her by phone. When I called her on her cell she was on her house phone on another call and when i first told her I put in my two weeks she said hold on and screamed to the other person on her other call that she would have to call them back and then just hung up. I could feel the tension in her voice. But now its all said and done. I told her that I was moving back to persue other career goals and that I really had no choice but to go now. She did not say much after that but just thanked me for calling. its going to be a tough week next week when she gets back.

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 20, 2007, at 2:35 PM by s_hoot ]

8. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

I think you caught her off guard especially if she was at home - have a proper chat with her next week when she is back in work mode and hopefully you will have a better response!

9. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting s_hoot

Well, I broke the news today.

My boss was well mad. She was on vacation so I had to tell her by phone. When I called her on her cell she was on her house phone on another call and when i first told her I put in my two weeks she said hold on and screamed to the other person on her other call that she would have to call them back and then just hung up. I could feel the tension in her voice. But now its all said and done. I told her that I was moving back to persue other career goals and that I really had no choice but to go now. She did not say much after that but just thanked me for calling. its going to be a tough week next week when she gets back.

I think that might just be her initial reaction. She sounds a bit stressed. Maybe it is difficult to hold onto staff, at the moment.
Likely, she will have cooled off, by next week.
If she continues this, next week, maybe u can take a few sick days. U are leaving, so it does not matter, if u take a few days off.

Mel

10. Posted by s_hoot (Respected Member 497 posts) 9y

yeah, I am sure she is stressed. We just got one new manager a few weeks ago, another one is leaving at the end of the month, just days after me and another new one will come in straight behind him, then our other manager is acting like she might quit as well. It is a really bad store though, lots of problems. I quite frankly dont see how she even does it. We are always the worst in our district for everything: sales, audits, cleanliness.....etc. I wont be too sad to leave, I am going back to a far better store. Oh, and the customers at this store, will curse at you and practically spit in your face if they do not get what they want and always try to barter with you on prices. I have a customer tell me "fu*k you" every day, we are in the ghetto of DC and the people are just horrible, no morals what so ever. Good riddance I say to them.