We spend a lot of time with our co-workers, so when one leaves this community it is fitting to send them off with a good feeling. A lively going-away party is one way to do this.
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It is customary to present the departing employee with a token of remembrance. For retirees, this can be something representing their favourite hobby or their upcoming life of leisure. For someone moving on to a new position, this can be something practical for their new job.
Presenting the Gift
Encourage co-workers to chip in, and appoint one person in charge of buying the gift with input from the staff. The gift can be presented at the party after some parting remarks by the departing worker's supervisor. If co-workers aren't sure of the departing worker's future plans, their family can be a great source of ideas for gifts or party themes.
Food and Drink
A farewell party can be a simple affair where co-workers contribute food or a catered affair at an off-site facility. Another co-worker should be in charge of collecting money for the party. If the party is to be on-site, rather than a restaurant, organisers should familiarise themselves with the company's rules for alcoholic beverages.
Scrapbooks make great remembrances for long-time employees, especially those who are retiring. A scrapbook can be as simple as photographs from co-workers that represent the culture of the place over the years. With current technology, it is easy to scan vintage photos and return the originals to the owner. Craft stores sell fancy papers and stickers to liven up scrapbook pages. Some even have a retirement theme. A page of co-workers' signatures makes a nice ending page. Families can be a good source of photos, too.
Especially with retirees, be careful to put a cheerful spin on the next phase of their life. This is not the end of their productive years, but a new beginning. Focus on the fun things they'll be spending their time on, such as grandchildren, gardening, travelling or other hobbies.
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