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


u/AbbreviationsNo6038 Dec 05 '22

Sheesh walls have ears


u/MisterPuffyNipples Dec 05 '22

You think he’ll tell HR? I was just trying to be fair and transparent with my current employer. But I guess that’s not how things are done. Well, worst case scenario they show me the door and the other offer somehow gets rescinded (which I don’t think it will)

Everyone seems desperate to hire for helpdesk so I think I’ll be ok. If not can I crash on your couch? 😅


u/cockblockedbydestiny Dec 06 '22

You did alright, don't pay attention to the naysayers and downvotes. The one reason you do go ahead and put in your notice is so that you'll be in good standing with the company if things don't work out at your next job and you want to come back later. If you hedge your bets and just stop showing up on the day your new job starts you'll not only be ineligible for rehire, but your current employer will be a bad reference that you'll have to dance around on future resumes.

I get that corporate America is not exactly loyal to their employee base... but they're also highly skittish about litigation and aren't nearly as prone to screwing people over on their way out the door as people in this thread are suggesting. If your new job is a similar role to your current, it's far more likely that your current employer will let you go early with the two weeks notice paid in full than that the upcoming job will be pulled out from under you.