to hand in your notice: meaning and explanation

The idiom to hand in your notice means to officially inform your employers that you are leaving.

In this context, notice means warning – you are giving your employers time to prepare for your departure.

Have a go at this dictation exercise to hear this expression being used in context – how much can you understand?

Dictation #1

Accent: Scotland

I've decision to . I like it's on.
I've to the decision to in my . I just feel like it's to on.

…I’ve come to the decision…

to come to a decision/to come to the decision to do something = to make a decision, especially after a period of consideration or thinking. e.g. You’ve had a 20 minutes – have you come to a decision about what to order for supper yet?

…it’s time to move on…

The phrasal verb to move on means to move to a new stage or period in your life or career. e.g. Tom broke up with Tina 6 months ago and he still hasn’t moved on.

Discussion questions

Write your answers to these questions in the comments section, and I’ll get back to you with some feedback:

  • Have you ever handed in your notice? Why? Were you nervous?
  • In your country, how would someone normally hand in their notice?
  • Do you know anyone who handed in their notice and then regretted doing it?

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