Once you give your notice to leave work often one of two things can happen: you can be asked to complete a long list of items before you leave or everything you are working on is taken away from you immediately and you are left being bored until you leave. The second can be referred to being a dead man/woman walking.
In my case, I really disliked the idea of being part of the walking dead. I’ve never really been good at doing nothing and in fact I’ve been know to leave jobs that have long stretches of having nothing to do. So I will admit, I had a plan to account for this situation should it come up.
You see I had a discussion with my boss a long while ago about the need to document my current responsibilities prior to leaving. So we added a project to my work plan to do just that and for the last year or so I’ve been steadily working away at developing support documents so someone else can do my job. While I had most of those done prior to giving notice I still have one major piece that I have barely started. I did that on purpose. Why? Because the project doesn’t depend on anyone else. I have a lot of freedom on how this gets done and it is important for the company that it get completed prior to me leaving. Hence it is really unlikely I will run out of work to do prior to leaving and that can save me from starting out the window wondering why I’m here (more so than normal ;0 ).
Also in my case, it appears my work would love me to keep plugging away at a series of tasks until the last minute. So in short, while I planned to not be the walking dead, it won’t be an issue for me anyway. Oh well, I rather have a plan that I don’t need rather than be bored at work.
So have you ever been part of the walking dead? What did you do about it?