Dear Leslie, Boy do I have to argue with your column encouraging employees to give two weeks notice when they quit. First, in today’s job market employees are not valued as they once used to be. Second, employers become upset with employees most of the time when they give two weeks notice. Case in point, my boss owns a small company that employs 20 people, half of whom are seasonal workers. A few weeks ago one long-term employee gave notice, prompting the boss to tell him, “Don’t bother, leave right now!” Employers view two weeks notice in today’s job market as a betrayal and respond accordingly. Dear Reader, I can only hope that the people you know who gave notice were planning to quit because they had a better alternative in place. Employers who do not recognize their employees’ good intentions generally get what they deserve: a hard time functioning without the employees they lose and difficulty finding high quality replacements. Dear Leslie, I truly appreciated your article about the value of reading to your career and the references of books to read. As of this date I have read “The Glass Castle” and “Old Man in a Baseball Cap.” I have just obtained “Work: A Story of Experience” and am still on hold at the library for “The Bones.” Apparently a lot of people read your article. It has piqued my interest in reading, and when I finish reading the books my mom, my sister and her husband have been reading them. Just wanted to say thanks. Dear Reader, It’s not often that I get a thank-you note, and it made me feel great. But I’m printing your letter primarily to remind readers of how important it is to take a minute or two to pen a short paragraph of thanks to people who have given you a good tip, helped you make a connection or in any way moved you a step closer to your goals. Hallmark says that sales of thank-you notes have increased over the past seven years, both for professional and personal use, and for good reason. Giving others a good feeling always pays off, and sometimes handsomely. Leslie Whitaker is co-author of “The Good Girl’s Guide to Negotiating.” Write her at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The owner of a veterinary practice I know is just as bad. God forbid if you take off time because you have the flu or a nasty cold, let alone if you are told you need surgical intervention to restore your good health. Once after returning to work from major surgery, an employee had his 40-hour work week with overtime cut back to 28 hours a week! Then the boss decided to shift his schedule to afternoon and evening hours so if emergencies occur, guess who stays? This employer is running the staff into the ground with extremely long hours, a heavy caseload of scheduled appointments and not one single break, except for a lousy 30 minutes for lunch. The staff is burning out and employees are constantly sick. Third, I have seen similar things happen to three different people inthe last two months, ranging from construction workers to police officers. How can you justify giving a two weeks notice when it causes immediate retaliation?