Notice Period

What is a Notice Period?


The notice period is a time duration, specified in an employment contract. It defines the period between the resignation approval and the end of the last working day. During that time both parties prepare for the transition, and knowledge transfer, and fulfil any contractual obligations before the employment formally ends.



Types of Notice Period


There are 8 types of notice periods based on the type of employees. Permanent employees can choose the statutory notice period whereas gig workers can get the contractual notice period. There are many more types to explore. Let’s look down the following types,


Types of Notice Period


1) Statutory Notice Period:

When an employee gets terminated, he acquires a period for getting a new job. Employment laws define these periods. It varies on different factors like their performance, how long the employee has been working for the employer, etc.


2) Contractual Notice Period:

Often organizations specify the notice period in the employment contract at the time of hiring any gig workers. The contractual notice period may differ based on requirement types and priority. Hence the period is no longer shorter than a statutory notice period even depending on the work priority contractual notice period can be extended.


3) Probationary Notice Period:

A probationary notice period is applicable for employees who are on probation. In general, organizations provide 3 months probation periods to the new employees. Simultaneously, an employee can get a notice period ranging from day 1 to 3 months based on the employment hierarchy. Though in general, the duration is shorter than usual.


Moreover, It offers flexibility to the employees, even if they can serve it away from the workplace and get fully paid throughout the time.


4) Gross Misconduct:

Due to gross misconduct, employers often dismiss an employee without adhering to standard notice periods. The type involves severe violations of workplace conduct which leads to immediate termination by addressing the serious nature of breaching an employment contract.


5) Payment in Lieu of Notice:

Payment in lieu of notice (PILON) allows employers to terminate a contract by providing a payment equal to the salary the employee would have earned during the notice period. This type offers financial compensation in lieu of the traditional notice period and is often outlined in employment contracts.



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Importance of a Notice Period

Throughout the entire employment process, the notice period plays a crucial role in facilitating a structured and respectful transition during the employment termination process. Here are the following benefits of maintaining a proper notice period in organizations.


‣ Smooth Transition

Smooth transition provides a structured timeframe for both parties to transition out of the employment relationship smoothly.


‣ Knowledge Transfer

Knowledge transfer allows employees to pass on critical knowledge and complete ongoing tasks, minimizing disruptions to workflow.


‣ Responsibility Handover

Through the responsibility handover process, existing employees facilitate the orderly transfer of responsibilities to the new employees by ensuring continuity in the workplace.


‣ Maintaining Workplace Stability

Notice periods provide scope for both existing and new employees to transfer knowledge and maintain stability within the workplace.


‣ Morale and Professionalism

Notice periods contribute to positive workplace morale by allowing employees to prepare for a job change and employers to plan for replacements.


‣ Legal Compliance

Notice periods serve as a legal requirement, ensuring compliance with employment laws and regulations.



Top 5 Tips for implementing an effective notice period system


‣ Transparent Communication

Organizations should maintain transparent communication regarding notice expectations/procedures. It fosters understanding between employers and employees.


‣ Flexible Policies

Employers should introduce flexible policies and transparent negotiation processes by recognising individual circumstances.


‣ Clarified Planning

Organizations do maintain proper succession planning which facilitates a smooth transition when an employee departs and minimizes disruptions of understanding work and responsibilities.


‣ Employee Support

Supporting departing employees during their notice period, acknowledging their contributions and ensuring a positive departure experience are also on the employers’ to-do list.


‣ Regular Policy Updates

Organizations should maintain regular policy updates and adapt them to organizational changes and legal requirements for a more effective and compliant system.



Do’s and Don’ts during a Notice Period.


➔ Do’s during the notice period

  • Employees should keep working as hard as they did before.
  • Employees must strategies for the ending work plan
  • They should plan for the proper giveaway and hand over properly, what they know.
  • Offer support and assistance with the transition process for your replacement.
  • Expect a letter of recommendation from the employers.


➔ Don’ts during the notice period

  • Employees should not attend to any negative behaviour that damages their reputation or relationship with the company
  • Employees should not show any negative behaviour or violent actions that damage the company’s productivity.
  • Employees should not disclose sensitive information to any third party.
  • Employees must present with a smooth nature to avoiding badmouth the company or coworkers after they leave.
  • Employees should not leak any company information to the outskirt environment.



Notice Period Template


[Your Company Logo]

Effective Date: [Date]

Duration: [Specify Notice Period, e.g., 2 weeks]


Responsibilities During Notice Period:


Dear [Employee’s Name],

We acknowledge your decision to [resign/terminate employment] effective [last working day]. During the notice period, please adhere to the following responsibilities:


  1. Work Responsibilities:
    • Complete pending tasks and projects.
    • Ensure a smooth transition by documenting essential procedures.
    • Collaborate with team members to pass on critical knowledge.
  2. Attendance and Punctuality:
    • Maintain regular working hours unless otherwise agreed.
    • Inform [supervisor/manager] in advance if any deviations are necessary.
  3. Communication:
    • Maintain open communication with your team and supervisor.
    • Notify relevant stakeholders of your impending departure.
  4. Training and Handover:
    • Assist in training a designated team member or successor.
    • Provide comprehensive handover documentation for ongoing projects.
  5. Professional Conduct:
    • Uphold professional conduct and ethical standards.
    • Address any pending HR or administrative requirements promptly.

Your cooperation in ensuring a smooth transition is highly appreciated. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to discuss them with [HR/Supervisor].


Thank you for your contributions during your tenure with [Company Name].



[Your Name]
[Your Position]
[Company Name]
[Contact Information]





1. What is the usual notice period in a job?

The usual notice period for a job is often around two weeks. However, It can vary based on factors such as priorities, employment contracts, job roles, industry standards, and individual agreements between employers and employees.


2. Is a notice period necessary?

‍Yes, a notice period is important in employment contracts. It ensures a smooth transition of work responsibilities between existing and new employees. It is helpful for the employers also, as they get the time to find some suitable replacements. It helps maintain professionalism, minimizes disruptions, and fosters positive relationships between parties.


3. Can the notice period be negotiated or modified?

Based on mutual agreement between the employees and the organization, the notice period can be negotiated and modified. However, both the negotiation and modification process should be done through a mutual agreement process between the employer and employee.


4. What happens if the notice period is not followed?

Failure to adhere to the notice period, either by the employer or employee, may lead to various consequences, including financial penalties, strained professional relationships, or legal implications. It’s essential to communicate any challenges or concerns promptly and professionally.


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