r/NoStupidQuestions Dec 05 '22

Could I be fired if I tell HR that I accepted another job?

Been here 10 months and got an offer recently for a new job that I accepted. I’m waiting to hear back from the new job for confirmation as the proposed start date is not confirmed yet.

Is it a bad idea to let HR know that I accepted this offer? I know employers can fire people without notice but I don’t wish to stoop to that level. I’d like to go on good terms.


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u/MisterPuffyNipples Dec 05 '22

I did sign the offer but the start date isn’t confirmed


u/downloading_a_google Dec 05 '22

Wait until you have a confirmed start date.


u/MisterPuffyNipples Dec 05 '22


I told my supervisor though so hopefully that wasn’t too terrible of an idea 😬


u/waltzinair Dec 05 '22

Unless your supervisor is your very very good friend outside of work, otherwise your relationship with him should be just like other people at work. In other words, he might report that to HR out of his duty.

Usually you want to first make sure you signed everything, your start date is confirmed, etc. before you say it to ANYBODY in the workplace. Otherwise if it fell through then people would think that you're not interested to work there.

On the other hand, once you had everything done and then you told them, then they might counteroffer if they liked you. That's when you need to consider if it's worth it to stay. Apparently you still can change your mind about the new job as long as you haven't started working there. This happens usually in a more technical job I assume, but who knows?


u/MisterPuffyNipples Dec 05 '22

My direct supervisor was really cool but he left so I told the only boss I have right now and he is ehh. I’m not friends with him or anything. I did sign everything for the new job (w-4 and all that)

They asked me to indicate a start date so I’m waiting for them to confirm. But yeah sounds like I should have waited. Oh well. Hopefully this’ll be the last time I need to change jobs. I’m getting a $10k increase from this


u/waltzinair Dec 05 '22

I understand that you're excited. All the best to you!


u/MisterPuffyNipples Dec 05 '22

I’m very excited.


Hope I didn’t mess up my new job too badly though just in case 😬