Bobby Kerr’s Clever Business Tips

Business Agony Uncle, Bobby Kerr returns with some more great advice for SME employers and employees. This week Bobby talks about notice periods as well as the difficult decisions that young people face in the workforce today.
Taking Note of Notice Periods
There have been a number of questions over the past number of weeks around the subject of giving notice to employers. First up this week is David who gave six week’s notice to leave his current job for a new role in the civil service. His original contract states that he is required to give three month’s notice, and his boss is known for suing people for breach of contract. He has pushed out the start date of his new role as far as possible, however he is feeling pressured and is becoming very stressed about the situation.
Bobby’s Advice
Firstly, is that reputation is extremely important. Last impressions are as important as first impressions, and in business your reputation often precedes you. People should always do everything they can leave a company or business on a good note. In saying that however, the three month notice period seems rather onerous and it is unclear from David’s mail the nature of his contract. This would usually determine the terms. Whether it’s an actual employment contract, or whether he is a contractor, they could be viewed slightly differently. It is advised that David consult a legal expert to make sure of his rights in this situation.

Lastly, David should not overly stress about the situation, which could end up causing him physical and emotional damage. It seems that he has a great opportunity within the civil service and should be looking forward to the new role. Seeking proper legal advice is highly recommended in this case, to put his mind at ease.
“Should I Stay or Should I Go”
Next up is Jane who has a steady marketing job with a large bank. Jane studied a Marketing degree in DIT followed by an MBA. Despite the safe job and secure pension, Jane is extremely bored with the job.
Many of her friends have travelled to Australia and Canada and Jane feels like she is missing out. Although she would like to take a year off to travel, it is against her father’s wishes and would feel guilty as her education was paid for by her father.

She doesn’t know what to do and is seeking advice from Bobby on whether she should follow her own dream and leave her current role with the bank, or stay put to keep her father happy.
Bobby’s Advice
This is an age old problem that has been around for a long time. First of all, there is no reason to stay in a job if you are miserable. It’s clear that Jane needs a change, whether it’s by going travelling or simply by changing job or career direction. If Jane feels guilty about the money, then maybe there is a way of talking to her father and arrange to pay back the money for her education. Alternatively perhaps she can take a different tack and have a word with her mother.

There are a number of different factors that needs consideration, which aren’t clear from Jane’s mail, however the main thing is that if somebody is miserable at their job, then it starts to snowball and affect them personally and emotionally over time.
If you have a business or SME related query you would like answered - you can get in touch with Bobby each week by simply sending a short mail to [email protected]

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