In a perfect world, employees who quit will give at least two weeks' notice, won't change their minds in the interim, and will work hard straight through their very last day, and those who lament about wanting to quit will actually step up to the plate and do so, instead of leaving you wondering whether they're staying or going. This isn't a perfect world, though, and there are plenty of issues that can complicate a simple resignation.
Curve #1: An employee quits, but later claims it was a misunderstanding and they did not resign.
What to do: At-will employment prevails; you can choose whether to accept the resignation.
To avoid this situation, require employees to put their resignation in writing, and explicitly tell the employee that you accept the resignation. Confirm the final day of employment, and schedule a time to discuss parting matters, such as return of company property, fina...(register to read more)