Despite Labeling Two Weeks’ Notice a Courtesy, Majority Agree Companies Will Not Rehire Former Employees Without One 

Despite Labeling Two Weeks’ Notice a Courtesy, Majority Agree Companies Will Not Rehire Former Employees Without One 

Only 55% Gave Previous Company Advance Notice 
Latest Results from The Harris Poll 


The majority of U.S. adults (87%) say employees are familiar with the concept of providing a two weeks’ notice to employers upon leaving. However, despite stating this advance notice is merely a courtesy (61%) as opposed to a requirement (39%), 53% believe companies would never rehire someone without it.   

This is according to a new survey from The Harris Poll commissioned by Express Employment Professionals 


When thinking about the last job they resigned from, only 55% of adults gave their former employers two weeks’ notice, while another 18% did not. The proportion that didn’t give their last employer two weeks’ notice increases to nearly 1 in 4 among Gen Z (ages 18-26, 23%) and millennials (ages 27-40, 22%). 

Four in five adults (80%) add that employees who do not provide adequate time for transition are viewed negatively by the company, and 77% worry the company would provide a bad recommendation. Still, 75% believe there are times when it’s appropriate to quit a job without providing a two weeks’ notice.  

Whether it’s a courtesy or a requirement, the majority of adults agree that employers don’t need to let employees who give two weeks’ notice serve out the full time. Among those who have ever resigned from a company, about a third (34%) say there has been a time when they’ve given two weeks’ notice, but their employer did not let them serve out the full time. 

Men are more likely than women to say this has happened to them (42% vs. 28%). 

Although it may be tempting to quickly leave your old job behind, you could risk garnering a negative professional reputation if you don’t at least offer to wrap up loose ends.  

“Two weeks isn’t usually near long enough to train new talent, but it’s a start,” Express Employment International CEO Bill Stoller said. “No matter the current market circumstances, professional courtesies go a long way in the long run.” 


Survey Methodology 

The survey was conducted online within the United States by The Harris Poll on behalf of Express Employment Professionals between April 11 and 13, 2022, among 2,061 U.S. adults ages 18+. Data were weighted where necessary by company size to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. 

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