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Mr. Ethics - June 2016

Posted By Mr. Ethics, Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Dear Mr. Ethics,


I am going to leave my current employer for a cross town rival.  Before I give my two (2) week notice I want to take my paid two (2) week vacation.  I am pretty sure my company will let me go once I give my notice because of the competition between the two (2) companies.  I have about four (4) weeks before I need to start my new job.  I told my new employer my plan and he is fine with it.  He would like me to look over a couple of jobs when on vacation so I can hit the floor running.  Not surprisingly they are projects my current firm plans on bidding.  Should I look over those jobs while on my two (2) paid vacation?  My current employer has been very good to me.


Regards, Beach Bound


Dear Beach,


The question you should really be asking is whether it is ethical for you not to tell your current employer immediately that you have a new job.  I am sure that your bosses do not want you around projects that they will be bidding.  I may be nice to use your vacation time but those are some of the things you may need to sacrifice when you change jobs.  If you do not tell your boss immediately that you are leaving you might end up burning a bridge that may be worth in the future more than a two (2) week paid vacation.  By the way, my opinion on this does not change if you said the reason you’re leaving is because your current company has never treated you right.


Regards, Mr. Ethics

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