80% Indian Employees Demand 30 Days Notice Period Instead Of 90 Days – Is This Even Feasible?

Eight out of ten employees have agreed to a one month notice period.

Indian Employees Want 30 Days Notice Period
Indian Employees Want 30 Days Notice Period

A recent survey has revealed that eight out of ten employees want their notice period to be reduced from three months to a single month. These employees, along with HR veterans, believe that a three month notice period is quite unnecessary.

In fact, they are of the opinion that it should be applicable for special cases and for officials working at very senior levels.

A Hush Survey

This survey was conducted by an HR tech platform called Hush in metro cities among 2800 employees in major banks and IT companies. As per 93% of the survey’s participants, who responded anonymously, a three month notice period is unnecessary as they have no other option than to miss out on a lot of better opportunities.

Amongst the respondents, 51% which is more than half the employees were junior level employees, 31% were mid-level, while the rest 11% were employees working at a senior level. Eight out of ten employees who participated in the survey said that favouritism also played a huge role in some employees getting a shorter notice period.

Ashutosh Dabral, CEO of Hush, remarked, “Millennials are much more frequent job-hoppers and would like consistent practices everywhere.” He also said that employees on the survey discussed strategies that would be effective to get the notice period reduced from three months to one month.

He also said that startups, which have immediate recruitment needs, cannot afford to wait for longer periods.

Are Long Notice Periods Unethical?

Most companies have a notice period of three months, which, according to them, is the minimum time period required for knowledge transfer – for the new employee substituting to grasp and learn the working process.

According to some HR heads, notice periods are put in place to maintain continuity in the work process and a time gap to find a replacement.

HR officials from many renowned companies offered their opinions on this subject. Sanjay Lakhotia, founder of HR talent marketplace Noble House said that some big companies made it a rule to observe a three month notice period, causing other companies to imitate. “It can be detrimental because non-performers too will stick around for longer,” he said. Overly long notice periods are unethical, he opinionated.

Shiv Agrawal, MD of ABC Consultants, which is a recruitment firm remarked that long notice periods are acceptable for “client facing roles or on-field roles or for senior officials like CXOs.” He said that notice periods should be dependent on business needs.

Should notice periods be made flexible? Share your opinions with us in the comments section below!

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