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Notice Period - Update 1 (Replies)


Dear HR Professionals,

My company would like to do a mass change of notice period. Increase of notice period by 1 or 2 months depending on position. Has any company done so before? What is the outcome or how do you go about?





Lengthening notice period by 1 to 2 months is quite intimidating to employees, and generally this is usually extended to new hires that come on board upon policy change. For existing employees, their notice period is aligned when they are promoted or given relatively generous salary adjustments to facilitate acceptance of longer notice period. The employees should not be forced to accept ut -as it would impact on employees' morale and retention




We recently did one exercise. I do not think we can force the current employees to conform but we do it for new employees as well as current employees who change roles. At least, when they take up the role, they are fully aware of the conditions, including the change in notice period. Depending on your context, I would suggest company wide, possible by levels (e.g. Manager vs non managers) rather than 1-2 months depending on roles, because if you need them to switch roles in the future, you need more sweeteners. Generally, you might face issues whereby a new recruit reject you because your notice is longer than another company offering another role. 




You have to send addendum to all staff to sign. Before that, you have to communicate clearly to your staff about the changes.




We increased notice period from 1 month to 2 months for all new hires. For existing employees, they are allowed to choose to stay with 1 month or “upsize” to 2 months. 




Just inform them for the change. Of course, there are always 2 sides of coins, some like and others will make noise. However, company must also be aware that in the event of longer period, should the employee tenders resignation or under performance and yet the notice period is 2, 3 months, the co needs to 'endure' else pay in lieu of notice which this equals to $.



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